Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s health

Athletes invest hours practising before a big game. Runners train for months leading up to a marathon. A mother-to-be should likewise prepare herself for the mental and physical rigour of pregnancy, labour and caring for a newborn

Mother’s physical and emotional health during pregnancy has an effect on baby’s healthDr Andrew Lutzkanin, a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State Health, has a research interest in perinatal outcomes. He said the journey to motherhood taxes a woman in more ways than one. Because about half of all pregnancies nationwide are unintended, he said he doesn’t always have a chance […]

C-section complication risk rises with mother’s age, reveals study

Pregnant women are more likely to have complications during labour and caesarean deliveries than during vaginal births, and a new study offers fresh evidence that older mothers are most at risk

C-section complication risk rises with mother’s age, reveals studyRates of caesarean deliveries, or C-sections, have risen in the developed world to more than 20 per cent of births, even though the World Health Organization recommends this surgery only for the roughly 10 to 15 per cent of cases when the health of the mother or baby is in danger. While C-sections can be […]

Mumbai police help pregnant woman deliver a child at Dadar station

A mother of two, started experiencing excruciating labour pains at Dadar railway station. The Mumbai police immediately rushed to her aid. The doctors were called in and the woman safely delivered a baby on the platform

Mumbai police help pregnant woman deliver a child at Dadar stationThe Mumbai police have always served as guardian angels of the city. They lent a helping hand in times of emergency and natural disasters. In one such incident which occurred a few days ago, the police helped a mother in to deliver a baby. The incident happened on the intervening nights of December 23 and […]

Elite athletes not at higher risk of birth complications, suggest study

Female athletes have no greater risk of childbirth complications than women who don’t exercise, say researchers

Elite athletes not at higher risk of birth complications, suggest studyDoctors generally encourage women to stay active during pregnancy as long as they are healthy and able to exercise. But whether intense workouts are safe for women who participate in sports at elite or competitive levels has not been clear, researchers note in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. For the current study, researchers examined […]

What are the health risks associated with IVF?

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, by a team from the University of Bern, Switzerland, shed light on the risk of blood pressure and heart-related problems being slightly higher among IVF babies. IVF or in-vitro fertilization is the most common and most effective method of ART

What are the health risks associated with IVF?While millions of babies have been born via assisted reproductive technology (ART), experts are still studying how the use of such technologies might impact long-term health. Research has largely looked at younger individuals so far since the oldest person born via assisted reproduction is Louise Brown, who is only 40 years old. Researchers examined the […]

Older mothers giving birth on due date can reduce stillbirth risk

Currently around 26 babies in 10,000 born to older women will die from stillbirth or within the first seven days of life. But research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Cambridge University suggests that could be reduced to just 8 deaths in 10,000, a 66 per cent reduction in mortality if women were induced at 40 weeks

Older mothers giving birth on due date can reduce stillbirth riskCurrently, women who are overdue but well are often given a couple of extra weeks to see if labour will happen spontaneously before doctors intervene. New research suggests bringing forward induction to 40 weeks’ gestation may be a safer option for mothers and babies. The study, in PLOS Medicine, included first-time mothers aged 35 and […]

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babies

Doctors said labouring in water may help ease pain and lower the need for anaesthesia for the mother.  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) it may also speed up the first stage of labour before the cervix is fully dilated and the baby is ready to emerge. But as the risks may outweigh its benefits, it is advisable that women should avoid delivering babies in water

Here’s why hot tub birth can be life-threatening to newborn babiesA newborn girl in Canada developed a life-threatening infection after being delivered in a hot tub, according to a case report that some doctors say offers fresh evidence that women should not deliver babies in water. The baby girl was delivered full-term and was healthy at birth. But she was hospitalised at eight days old […]