More pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 variants

(Parris Kane/ ABC News) — Over the last two months, hospitals across the state have seen more pregnant moms being hospitalized due to COVID-19. Dr. Nirvana Manning, chair and service line director for Women’s Health at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said they’ve been testing all of their patients for COVID-19 since early on in […]

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Breastfeeding can significantly lower a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer

(Gloria Arminio Berlinski/ MedPage Today) –– Although there have been scores of research on the potential inverse relationship between breastfeeding and ovarian cancer risk, study findings remain inconsistent. Several important questions still need to be answered. However, a new study found statistically significant decreases in risk for invasive cancer and borderline tumors in women who […]

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Preserving fertility in teen and young adult women with cancer

(Janine Moninger/ Cure Today) — Emma Vivian and her husband were looking forward to 2019. The couple, married for five years, were ready to start a family. But in December 2018, they found themselves sitting numbly at a cancer center as a breast surgeon explained that 29-year-old Vivian had stage 1b triple-positive breast cancer. The […]

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Postpartum depression may persist for years after giving birth: study

(Alice Broster/ Forbes) — It’s estimated that between 70% and 80% of new parents experience low moods after giving birth. This can range from baby blues to more severe postpartum depression. Having a baby isn’t only an incredibly traumatic event for your body. You have to become accustomed to sleepless nights, changes in your hormones […]

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What it’s like to give birth during the Coronavirus pandemic

(Sarah DiGregorio/ Everyday Health) — COVID-19 has come with mind-bending challenges for pregnant people, forcing them to carry pandemic anxiety for two. They wonder, will I get very sick? Will I pass the virus to my baby? Can I deliver safely at a hospital that may also be caring for COVID-19 patients? Will I get […]

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Mums with Covid can safely breastfeed and stay with newborn: study

(Naomi White/ Essential Baby) — Babies born to women with coronavirus do not need to be separated from their mothers and can be breastfed, a new study has found. The study followed 101 newborns born to mums in New York who either had or were suspected of having the virus and found no clinical evidence […]

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The COVID-19 crisis has caused a major rise in anxiety for women giving birth

(Canadian Press) — The pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety among women who have given birth in recent months, according to a report produced by three community organizations that provide support to women during their pregnancy. An online survey found 38.6 per cent of women said they had dealt with a lot of stress […]

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A bit of Mom’s poop might boost health of C-section babies: study

(Amy Norton/ Healthday News) — Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom’s beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother’s poop. There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress […]

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Covid-19 not likely to be transmitted by breast milk: study

(Robert Preidt/ Healthday News) — Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say. No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain. Researchers examined 64 samples of breast milk collected from 18 women across the […]

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There’s no safe amount of caffeine in pregnancy: report

(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay) — Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time. “The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contemplating pregnancy being advised to avoid caffeine,” […]

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