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Study Links Air Pollution to a Higher Risk of Miscarriage

A study published in Fertility and Sterility suggests short-term exposure to high levels of air pollution increases miscarriage risk.

By Diane Domina

Miscarriage Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Two categories of women more likely to develop heart disease: Those who experience pregnancy loss and don’t have children and women have five or more children.

By Diane Domina

8 Ways Ulcerative Colitis May Affect Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy with ulcerative colitis? Here are some things you should know to better prepare.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Eating Gluten in Pregnancy Linked to Diabetes Risk in Children

Can a gluten-free diet during pregnancy reduce your child's risk of diabetes? And is it safe to cut gluten out of your diet while you are pregnant?

By Mary Shomon

Does a Mother's Diabetes Increase Her Child's Risk of Autism?

Autism in children has been associated with maternal diabetes. Find out what you can do to minimize this risk during pregnancy.

By Ginger Vieira

Preparing for Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes

There have been many medical advances that have made pregnancy with diabetes less risky. Here’s what you need to know about planning your pregnancy.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Moms With Diabetes Have a Higher Risk of Kids With Autism

Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes increase a woman’s risk of having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study published in JAMA.

By Diane Domina

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications and Pregnancy

It’s commonly believed that if you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t take any medication at all because it may hurt the baby. But when you have RA, it may actually be better for both you and your baby to control your RA with medication. Here’s what you can ...

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can I still take my medication while pregnant? Will I pass RA to my baby? Will my RA get worse while I’m pregnant? These are real and tough concerns — and we’re addressing all of them.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

9 Common Questions About Preterm Labor and Birth

Learn how planning and regular prenatal care can help lower the risk of preterm labor.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.