Women may experience long-term post-traumatic stress following miscarriage

(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — Women who experience an early pregnancy loss may struggle with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and severe depression. For many, a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy loss can impact their mental well-being for months to come, new research suggests. An early pregnancy loss “represents not only the loss of a much-desired child but […]

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Obese expectant mothers affect their children’s IQ: study

(Tim Sandle/ Digital Journal) — A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons’ development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters. The study comes from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and it finds that a mother’s obesity during […]

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Induction recommended for women still pregnant at 41 weeks

(Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) — Inducing birth for women whose pregnancy lasts to 41 weeks could reduce the death toll from stillbirths, say experts, following publication of the results of an important trial in which six babies died after spending longer in the womb. The results of the trial in Sweden, revealed last month in […]

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95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby’s brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation. Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One […]

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Exploring a possible link between C-sections and autism

(Perri Klass, M.D./ New York Times) — Cesarean delivery can save a baby — or a mother — at a moment of medical danger. However, cesarean births have been linked to an increased risk of various long-term health issues for both women and children, and a recent study shows an association between cesarean birth and […]

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) while pregnant linked with difficult childhood behaviors

(Janice Wood/ Psych Central) — A new study has found a link between taking acetaminophen — also known as paracetamol, brand name Tylenol — while pregnant, and hyperactivity, attention problems, and other difficult behaviors in young children. Using questionnaire and school information from Bristol’s Children of the 90s study, researchers examined 14,000 children. When they […]

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Bone marrow stem cells may be vital for pregnancy

(Kendall Teare-Yale/ Futurity) — A woman’s bone marrow may determine her ability to start and sustain a pregnancy, according to new research. The study shows that when an egg is fertilized, stem cells leave the bone marrow and travel via the bloodstream to the uterus, where they help transform the uterine lining for implantation. If […]

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Study says it’s safe for pregnant women to sleep on their back

(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) — Pregnant women commonly get the advice that they sleep on their left side to avoid complications. But a new study found that any position, even on their backs, may not cause any problems during and after pregnancy. Previous studies suggested that sleeping on the back or right side could increase […]

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Is it safe to run while pregnant? We asked five experts

(Alexandra Hansen/ The Conversation) — Pregnancy can be a magical time, but also a stressful one. With so many things you can and can’t do, it can get confusing. Guidelines recommend women without complicated pregnancies should be maintaining fitness. But how? Many women love the alone time pounding the pavement for a nice run out […]

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The amazing baby brain says ‘pas de problème’ with bilingualism

(Adriel John Orena, Linda Polka/ The Conversation) — People often say that babies are like little sponges — with their ability to soak up language quickly and easily. Yet much of the early research on language acquisition has focused on young infants learning only one language. This research was guided by an implicit assumption that […]

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