Author: March of Dimes

Breastfeeding can reduce your stress

Breastfeeding can reduce your stress

It’s true, breastfeeding releases hormones that help you feel more relaxed. Oxytocin is one of the hormones your body makes to produce breast milk. ...
FDA approves folic acid fortification of corn masa — a great day for babies!

FDA approves folic acid fortification of corn masa — a great day for babies!

Today the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will allow corn masa flour to be fortified with folic acid. This announcement is ...

Can a mosquito cause birth defects? Listen to this interview on Zika virus and pregnancy

Get the latest update on the Zika virus – what it is, how it spreads, signs and symptoms, how it can affect a pregnancy, and what you can do to stay s ...

Stress can affect your pregnancy

Research demonstrates that stress during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for some pregnancy complications. Feeling stressed is common d ...
How to find a specialist for a birth defect or rare disease

How to find a specialist for a birth defect or rare disease

We often receive inquiries from individuals asking for help finding information and resources for their child’s particular birth defect or medical con ...

Pneumonia and preemies

Pneumonia is an infection in the lung(s) which can make it hard to breathe. Premature infants are more prone to developing infections due to their imm ...

Trisomy Awareness Month

Have you ever heard of “trisomy”? Trisomy is a chromosomal condition that is the result of a mistake in cell division. Chromosomes are the structures ...
The impact of rare diseases

The impact of rare diseases

In the U.S., any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people is considered rare. Today, the last day of February is Rare Disease Day, an international ...
Is it possible to stop preterm labor?

Is it possible to stop preterm labor?

This is a question we received recently through the March of Dimes website. Preterm labor is labor that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnanc ...
Preconception health for dads

Preconception health for dads

We talk a lot about getting a woman’s body ready for pregnancy. But what about men? Dad’s health before pregnancy is important too. Here are a few thi ...