Most of us know that smoking during pregnancy can result in a host of problems for both the mother and the fetus, but new astonishing research indicates that these harmful effects can be written on the faces of these unborn babies themselves.
It's an iconic image: a wrinkled great-grandmother hovering over a swollen belly while she dangles a needle on thread. "It's a boy" or "it's a girl," she'd proclaim without any real idea of what she's talking about. Scientists have long argued that there is no sure-fire way to determine an unborn child's gender. Even ultrasound can get it wrong. For lemurs, however, all it might take is a sniff of strong motherly BO.
Attention expecting mothers: eat your fish! Baby will thank you later. New research has determined that if a woman eats a good helping of fish while pregnant, there are a whole hosts of developmental benefits that can be conferred to an unborn child.
Not getting enough sun? That might not be as bad as you think. Although too little sunlight exposure has been tied to exhaustion, vitamin D deficiency, and seasonal depression, new research has shown that too much sun can reduce human fertility over several generations.
It's no secret that when a woman is pregnant, all her hormones are out of whack. But a new study shows that expectant fathers experience some hormonal changes, too.
Pregnancy may have killed an orca belonging to the endangered Puget Sound population, scientists say, based on observation of the deceased female, who washed ashore in Vancouver on Thursday.
We should be clear: researchers are in no way saying that it's okay to regularly drink during pregnancy. However, if an expecting mother very occasionally drinks a wine cooler or takes part in a Champagne toast during her child's nine months, she won't be dooming her child to a heightened risk of an adverse birth outcome.
Exposure to pollution during pregnancy ups a child's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, according to a new study.
Giant panda Ai Hin has been accused of faking her pregnancy to get extra food and attention.
Experts have developed a simple urinary test that can help predict the risk of a preterm birth or poor fetal development, helping expecting mothers gain valuable information that could preserve their child's health.
Women who have healthy children after the age of 33 are more likely to live longer than younger parents, according to a recent study.
Texting isn't just for communication. Texting apps that provide helpful information, tips, and other resources have been found to significantly improve the confidence of expectant mothers, according to a new study.
Women who are exposed to flame retardants during pregnancy may be lowering their kids' IQs, researchers have found.
Women who are exposed to significant levels of air pollution, especially during their second trimester, are more likely to give birth to children who have asthma, researchers have determined.
An astonishing new study claims that hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the category-5 storms that hammered New Orleans in 2005, may have been responsible for up to half of all recorded stillbirths in the city's worst hit areas. Housing displacement due to the storms' aftermath is also in part to blame.