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Taking RA Medications During Pregnancy

Can rheumatoid arthritis medications harm a growing fetus when you're pregnant? Find out which RA medications are safe.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

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.

Do Sugary Sodas During Pregnancy Lead to Childhood Asthma?

Drinking soda during pregnancy can lead to your child developing asthma during their elementary-school years.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Gestational Diabetes Can Cause Heart Defects

If you devlop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, it's vital that you keep blood sugar levels in check to prevent serious heart conditions in your child.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

How to Reduce Your Risk of a Cesarean Birth

Learn about why c-sections are performed and things you can do to make them less likely.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

First Trimester Exposure to Anti-Thyroid Drugs Associated with Birth Defects

A study finds that the combination of two anti-thyroid medications during the first trimester can harm your baby before they’re even born.

By Stephanie Stephens

A Royal Thyroid Problem? Severe Morning Sickness and the Thyroid

In some cases, severe morning sickness while pregnant can be the result of thyroid dysfunction.

By Mary Shomon

Which Shots Do You Need When You’re Pregnant?

Certain vaccines will protect you and your baby during your pregnancy and afterward. Learn which ones to get and when.

By Sophie Ramsey

Essential Vaccines for Moms-to-Be

Making sure you’re up to date on your vaccinations before you become pregnant, and get two essential vaccines while you’re expecting.

By Sophie Ramsey