Virginia is lousy with ticks

With summer around the corner the days are getting warmer and more shorts, tank tops and flip flops are appearing. But with those more skin exposed clothing choices come some fairly serious risks. Virginia is seeing a growing number of tick infections in the past twelve months, including the types of ticks that carry Lyme

7 Big body changes that come with pregnancy

Hormone changes during pregnancy may cause hyper pigmentation in the nipples and down the center of the abdomen. The hyper pigmentation down the center of the abdomen is called linea nigra and is most prominent during the third trimester. Hopefully the pustules you see in image won't be the ones you see

Is What You Are Eating During Pregnancy Going To Give Allergies To Your Baby?

What roll does the nutritional intake of moms while pregnant play in the development of allergies in newborns? Can the way moms eat while the baby is breastfeeding keep the baby from developing atopic conditions such as eczema, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjuctivitis and asthma? Optimum Nutrition Magazine looked at this issue and drew some interesting

The Keys to Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness

A fit mom means an easier delivery and a healthier newborn baby. A fit new mother means less stress for baby and mom. But what types of prenatal fitness and postnatal fitness regimes are safe, effective and fun for new moms? Tally, Zanna and Vic from the BBC program Fit and Fearless are joined by

Painkillers in pregnancy may affect babies’ future fertility

A study done by Edinburgh University in the United Kingdom found that babies exposed to painkillers during gestation may end up with fertility problems later in life. The study also indicated that the way the painkillers impact on fertility, by actually influencing the DNA of the baby, means the consequences could be passed down to

No you are not crazy, “Baby Brain” is real

Memory and concentration are just two of the cognitive abilities negatively impacted by the physiological changes women's bodies undergo during pregnancy. The so called "Baby Brain" is reported by over 60% of pregnant women. It used to be considered just a myth but research from Deakin University in Australia now suggests it is quite real.

What risks do epilepsy drugs present to fetuses?

There is a rather effective drug for treating epilepsy called Topiramate. The problem is, while it is quite effective at suppressing epileptic fits, in pregnant women it increases the chances that a baby will be born with a cleft lip by twelvefold. But that is not the quandary, because cleft lip surgery on babies is

High risk pregnancy leads to higher risk for heart disease

Women with any kind of complications during their pregnancy are eight times more likely to have heart health issues long after their child bearing years are over. The heart disease risk is pronounced for women who have pregnancy related diabetes or pregnancy related high blood pressure. But the risk is also there for women who

A pregnancy photo shoot – of Dad

Nick Roberts was happy to learn that his girlfriend Brianna was expecting a baby. So he decided to give her a gift he thought would be really unique. He gave her images from a professional pregnancy photo shoot. But the images were - of him. Listen to the story from NPR's "Morning Edition" below