Birth control pill could cut women’s risk for asthma

(HealthDay)—Could birth control pills build a bulwark against asthma? New research suggests that hormonal contraceptives, which alter the natural ebb and flow of female hormones, may do just that. A study of more than half a million women in the United Kingdom found that those who used hormonal contraceptives—be it…

Shift in birth timing tied to decline in birth weights

(HealthDay)—If rates of obstetric practices had not changed between 1990 and 2013 to include more cesarean deliveries and inductions, then the average U.S. birth weight likely would have increased over this time, according to research published online Jan. 29 in Demography. Andrea M. Tilstra and Ryan K. Masters, Ph.D., of…

These Celeb Moms Gave Birth After 40

Gotta love a pregnancy myth, right? Sweets will hurt the baby! Eating a whole pineapple will make you give birth! That half glass of wine you just drank in your third trimester means you’re a terrible mom! Don’t exercise! Stay away from coffee! But one of the biggest and potentially…