Lab-grown placentas ‘will transform pregnancy research’

Cambridge team develops organoids or mini placentas to advance knowledge of stillbirth and pre-eclampsia (Ian Sample/ The Guardian) — Scientists have grown “mini placentas” in a breakthrough that could transform research into the underlying causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and other pregnancy disorders. The tiny organoids mimic the placenta in the early stages of the first […]

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Omega-3s may lower the risk of pre-term birth

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy may lower the risk for preterm birth, a review of studies has found. The analysis, in the Cochrane Reviews, considered 70 randomized trials that included almost 20,000 women. A few studied fish consumption, but most tested supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, the fats found in […]

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Pregnancy high blood pressure linked to dementia decades later

(Cheryl Platzman Weinstock/ Reuters Health) — Pregnant women who develop preeclampsia, a condition involving dangerously high blood pressure, have more than three times higher risk of dementia later in life than women who don’t have this pregnancy complication, researchers say. A leading cause of pre-term birth, preeclampsia is an inflammatory blood vessel disorder that occurs in […]

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Having babies less than a year apart ‘poses risks for mother and child’

Study of nearly 150,000 pregnancies in Canada finds the safest interval between births is 12 to 18 months (Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) — Having babies less than a year apart poses risks for both mother and child, whatever the woman’s age, according to new research. The authors of a big study of nearly 150,000 pregnancies […]

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Gene discovery may prevent preterm births

(Futurity) — Preterm birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, and behavioral problems. Premature birth is the leading global cause of death among children less than five […]

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A baby’s response to peek-a-boo could hold clues to autism — here’s how

(Katie Dangerfield/ Global News) — Signs of autism could be spotted in babies as young as four-months-old by monitoring their response to games such as “peek-a-boo” and the “incy-wincy spider,” according to a new study. The study, published by the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London, said babies who were […]

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Inducing labour at 39 weeks may offer benefits

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — Inducing labor at 39 weeks’ gestation may reduce the need for cesarean section, a randomized trial has found. Common practice has been to avoid induction of labor between 39 and 41 weeks, especially in first-time mothers. Evidence from observational studies had suggested that induction during this period, generally considered “full […]

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Artificial ovary could help cancer patients conceive

(Rebecca Ochs/ European Scientist) — Researchers in Denmark have developed a potential new option for women seeking to preserve their fertility after undergoing aggressive therapies for conditions such as cancer. The so-called “artificial ovaries” could also help women with multiple sclerosis and the blood disorder beta thalassaemia, which require therapies that can affect fertility. A team […]

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The post-pregnancy belly problem that nobody tells women about

There’s surprisingly little research on diastasis recti, which affects at least 60 percent of postpartum women (Allison Yarrow / Vox) — After Jenna Angst gave birth to her second child, she noticed that her midsection didn’t look right. “I was frustrated that my stomach looked so pudgy, even after I got back to my normal weight,” […]

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Want to increase fertility? Try dropping fast food

(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — A healthy diet is just as important before pregnancy as during it. Women who eat more fast food and those who eat very little fruit take longer to get pregnant than women who include several portions of fruit in their daily diets, according to a study published May 4 in the journal […]

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