Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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More research to improve maternal health outcomes is needed.
January 06, 2022

By the numbers: Health disparities in pregnancy

Approximately 700 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy-related complications. American Indian/Alaska Native women...

Women's Health
Researchers are working to understand what causes preeclampsia, a condition whose symptoms include high blood pressure.
December 16, 2021

Preeclampsia: What you need to know

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-related disorder in which the mother's high blood pressure reduces the blood supply to the fetus....

Women's Health

Mavis Stephens, who lost two babies to preeclampsia complications, speaks out about the condition to help other women.
December 16, 2021

Mother spreads awareness after multiple preeclampsia diagnoses

When Mavis Stephens became pregnant with her first child in 1995, she expected a healthy pregnancy. She was young and active...

Pregnancy
NIH-supported research looks at how disparities negatively impact maternal health and care.
November 30, 2021

Reducing health disparities around pregnancy

Despite many medical advances and improvements in maternal health care, significant health disparities in the care of pregnant people still...

Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes can have a lasting impact on a woman's health and the health of her offspring.
November 16, 2021

NIH research may help predict gestational diabetes earlier in pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is a disease that develops during pregnancy and affects how the body turns food into energy. In the...

Pregnancy
Women can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications by following a healthy diet.
November 09, 2021

How to stay healthy during pregnancy

A healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Early and regular prenatal care can...

Pregnancy

Pregnant people may respond to vaccines differently at different points in pregnancy.
November 04, 2021

Updates on COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people

Andrea Edlow, M.D., is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. When COVID-19 hit, her lab began researching...

COVID-19
Make sure to always check with your obstetrician or other health care provider to help you stay safe during your pregnancy.
October 19, 2021

Pregnant during COVID-19? Tips to stay safe

Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant people. Andrea Edlow, M.D.,...

COVID-19

Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
October 14, 2021

Promoting healthy pregnancies

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is excited to work with the National Library of Medicine...

Pregnancy
Allyson Felix after winning the 400-meter Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo.
October 14, 2021

Allyson Felix is a champion for maternal health

Rigorous training and preparation has helped Allyson Felix win 11 Olympic medals, two of which she won this past summer at...

Pregnancy

Personal Story

Alise and Mike Crutchman with their son, Connor. Alise and Mike remained dedicated to starting a family after their losses.
November 03, 2020

Opening up about pregnancy and loss

Alise Crutchman had been trying to get pregnant for a few months when she finally conceived in 2017. For Alise and...

High-Risk Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Personal Story, Women
The Lanzara family on vacation. From left: Mary, Darryl, Merita, and Luis.
October 08, 2020

A different path to starting a family

Mary Lanzara was 25 years old when her 20-year journey to motherhood began. The New Jersey native became pregnant six months...

High-Risk Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Personal Story, Women