Prenatal Care

Ask the Doctors - Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

October 3, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Our pregnant daughter-in-law smokes. Is that safe?

By Ask the Doctors Ask the Doctors

Dear Doctors: Our daughter-in-law is four months pregnant with our first grandchild. When she and our son were recently visiting for the weekend, we became aware that she’s secretly smoking. She says it’s OK because it’s just three cigarettes a day and asked us not to tell our son. Is she correct? Two future grandparents […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, healthy pregnancy, miscarriage, placental abruption, pregnancy, SIDS, smoking, sudden infant death syndrome


Severe morning sickness: what you need to know

May 10, 2018

Severe morning sickness: what you need to know

By Amy Albin Amy Albin

May awareness day for condition that affects 2 percent of pregnant women Morning sickness—nausea and vomiting during pregnancy—occurs in up to 90 percent of women. Even animals, including a Gorilla named Calaya, have experienced it, too. About 2 percent of pregnant women suffer a more severe form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum, or […]

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Tags: extreme morning sickness, genes, HG, hyperemesis gravidarum, Marlena Fejzo, morning sickness, pregnancy, pregnancy nausea, pregnancy vomitting


Their goal: Taking the fear out of prenatal testing

July 25, 2017

Their goal: Taking the fear out of prenatal testing

By Tami Dennis Tami Dennis

For pregnant women, the prospect of prenatal testing creates both hope and fear. The hope: That they’ll learn the gender of their unborn child and that it will be shown to be developing normally. The risk: That the test itself will create a health risk for them or their baby. New UCLA-led research could ultimately […]

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Tags: California nanoSystems Institute, Crump Institute, Hsian-Rong Tseng, prenatal testing, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


The secret to fighting Zika could exist in our own immune systems

May 5, 2017

The secret to fighting Zika could exist in our own immune systems

By Tiare Dunlap Tiare Dunlap

Fourteen months after the Zika virus was declared a global health emergency, the long-term effects of the virus – and the neurological damage linked to it – are only now beginning to be understood. As Zika infections continue to spread, researchers around the world are working to expose the virus’ vulnerabilities. New research published  by […]

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Tags: 25-hydroxycholestrol, brain health, brain structure, brain tissue, Ebola, hepatitis C, HIV, immune system, immunization, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, Zika, zika virus


Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

March 8, 2017

Tips for taking control of your oral health during pregnancy

By Brianna Aldrich Brianna Aldrich

Maintaining optimal oral health is important in all stages of life, but it’s even more important when a woman becomes pregnant. Pregnant women can experience negative, and often unexpected, changes in their oral health that have long-term repercussions. These can include an increase in cavities due to frequent snacking; heightened gum sensitivity and bleeding exacerbated […]

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Tags: children, children's health, dental disease, dental exam, dental radiographs, dental x-rays, Dr. Salina Massei, newborns, oral health, pregnancy, prenatal care, radiation