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Prenatal Vitamins

Vitamin D May Make Childbirth Less Painful

The best way to relieve pain during childbirth may start with the sun. Pregnant women that had low levels of Vitamin D had more painful labors, according to a new study released by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

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The Pregnancy Disorder That Three Out of Four Women Have

Feeling a flutter or two in your belly lately? It’s not necessarily your baby kicking. According to a new study, nearly three out of four pregnant women experience constipation, diarrhea or other bowel disorders during their pregnancies. Ick!

I’m Pregnant! Now What?

After learning that you’re pregnant, your main agenda is simple: Tell your partner and celebrate! But once the happy news sinks in, the next steps can seem overwhelming. To help simplify the situation, we asked Akua Afriyie-Gray, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola Medical Center, for the most important moves a pregnant woman should make.

Prenatal Vitamins from A to Z

Q: When should I begin taking a prenatal vitamin?
A: Start three months before you begin trying to get pregnant, if possible. “The egg starts maturing about three months before it’s released, and it’s critical that the proper nutrients are present during the earliest stages,” says OB-GYN and reproductive endocrinologist Robert Greene, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., a fertility specialist at cny Fertility center in Syracuse, N.Y.

New Hope For Autism Prevention

Taking prenatal vitamins in the pregnancy-planning stage may help reduce the risk of autism spectrum disorders, according to a study published in the journal Epidemiology of 700 families with children ages 2 to 5.

Navigating Your Prenatal Care

Even if you have health insurance, you may have high deductibles or steep out-of-pocket maternity costs. To avoid unpleasant surprises, check early on with your insurance company for an estimate of what it will pay and to find out things like whether you're limited to a certain number of ultrasounds.

Save $$ on Your Vitamins

The U.S. birthrate has been declining since 2007, and experts blame the economy. Short of forgoing having children, the trick in these tough times is to get thriftier, says Carol Sakala, Ph.D., director of programs for the nonprofit advocacy group Childbirth Connection, who adds that wiser spending doesn't have to mean shoddy care.

Something Fishy?

Omega-3 fish oils, particularly DHA, are touted as an important nutrient for pregnant women because of their role in fetal brain and eye development and in helping to prevent postpartum depression (PPD) in new mothers. Yet a recent randomized controlled trial—considered the “gold standard” of medical research—found that the children of women who took fish oil supplements during pregnancy had no better cognitive or language skills at 18 months than the children of women who took a vegetable oil placebo.

Study: Prenatal Vitamins Cut Autism Risk

Studies for years now have emphasized that prenatal vitamins are crucial before and after conceiving. But a new study says vitamins have even more importance: They help cut the autism risk in your baby, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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