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Early Birth Linked To Lower Education In Adulthood

Early term babies may be less likely than infants born full term to eventually earn a college degree and get a high-paying job, a large study suggests. In the analysis of 228,030 singleton births in Denmark, infants who were born after only 38 weeks of pregnancy were 15% less likely than those born at 40 weeks to have some education beyond high school or to be among the top earners in the study.

Postpartum Obesity May Be Reprogramming Of Energy

During normal pregnancy, mothers always gain body weight within a proper range. However, many women worry that extra pounds put on during pregnancy will not be lost after childbirth and, in fact, past studies have shown that excessive gestational weight gain is associated with immediate postpartum weight retention. 

Study: Newborn Falls in Hospitals With Rooming-In

Hospital efforts to support breastfeeding by having babies room-in with mothers may have a rare unintended consequence: an increased risk of newborn falls. Neonatal falls are increasingly recognized as a postpartum safety risk, with as many as 1,600 newborns falls occurring in U.S. hospitals each year, researchers note in a paper online December 28 in Pediatrics.

Historic Bill To Cut Maternal Mortality Rate

President Trump has signed a bill aimed at reducing the United States' maternal mortality rate the highest percentage of all developed nations after it passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. In the United States, the maternal mortality rate is 26.4 deaths per 100,000 (about 700 per year). That rate increased 250% between 1987 and 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Stroller Walking: A New Mom Shape-Up

The exhaustion of a new baby can have negative fitness consequences as you lose the motivation to exercise and feel there's no time to get to the gym. But not exercising worsens fatigue, makes it harder to lose your baby weight and increases the risk of chronic health problems down the road.