Morning sickness: Here’s how you can deal with vomiting during pregnancy

More than half of pregnant women have nausea and vomiting, especially during the first trimester. Despite its name, you can have morning sickness any time of day. It doesn't mean your baby is sick, and it doesn't hurt you or your baby

Morning sickness: Here’s how you can deal with vomiting during pregnancyMorning sickness is also known as nausea gravidarum, nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), emesis gravidarum, and pregnancy sickness. For many women, the symptoms of morning sickness are their first signs of pregnancy. It is something that almost every pregnant woman has to go through, at least for the first three months. “Up to 70% of expectant […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babies

Women who take vitamin D during pregnancy may be less likely to have underweight babies, according to a research review that also suggests these supplements may also be associated with a lower risk of foetal or infant mortality

Consuming vitamin D during pregnancy tied to lower risk of underweight babiesOverall, mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy were 28 per cent less likely to have underweight newborns or babies who died in the womb or during infancy, the study found. But prenatal vitamin D supplements only appeared to have these benefits when women took 2,000 International Units (IU) or less each day. This amount […]

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature births

Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound scans at predicting due dates

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature birthsEach year in the U.S., one in 10 babies is born prematurely. Around the world, that number is slightly higher, affecting 15 million infants annually. In a new study published in Science, researchers led by a group at Stanford University report the first steps toward a blood test that can predict which pregnancies are most […]

Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancy

A pregnant woman and her unborn child need to be protected from various infections and illnesses; vaccination could be one of the ways to protect both the mother and the baby. It is important for a woman to be informed on what vaccinations should be taken and when

Vaccination guidelines for pregnant women before, during and post-pregnancyThe immune system becomes weak during pregnancy, as it supports the growing foetus; this increases the risk of the mother catching an infection along with the baby. If a mother has a strong immunity, it helps create the baby’s first line of resistance to fight against uncertain maladies. Not only does vaccination protect the woman […]

Children born to mothers older than 35 are more likely to have heart problems

Children born of mothers over 35 are more likely to have weaker cardiovascular systems, University of Alberta researchers found. Both the age of eggs and of the placenta contribute to these changes.This means that even women who conceive through IVF are at risk

Children born to mothers older than 35 are more likely to have heart problemsNew research published in The Journal of Physiology demonstrates that adult offspring born to older mothers are more susceptible to heart risks in later life. These results could be crucial in developing preventative treatments for children born to older women. Older motherhood is associated with an increased risk of complications during pregnancy with a greater […]

Tackling diabetes amongst pregnant women

Dr Anil Bhoraskar, a senior diabetologist and Dr Alka Kumar, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist from SL Raheja Hospital inform us on how to tackle diabetes in a pregnant woman

Tackling diabetes amongst pregnant womenDiabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder caused due to either insulin deficiency or decreased sensitivity to the action of insulin. In pregnancy, this condition exists in a few varieties: A known diabetic woman becomes pregnant. A woman, who has a history of pre-diabetes, becomes diabetic during pregnancy. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) when woman becomes […]

Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovaries

Sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen could mean that you’re at risk for a twisted ovary

Women beware! Pain in lower abdomen could be due to twisted ovariesA twisted ovary, or ovarian torsion, occurs when an ovary flops down and rotates, cutting off its own blood supply in the process. If that happens, you’ll probably know that something has gone horribly wrong: Think sudden, excruciating pain on one side of your lower abdomen. Here are seven things you should know about who’s […]

Advanced maternal age linked with increased risk of preterm birth

Women who plan for a baby at the age of 40 and above may increase the risk of delivering preterm before the 37th week of pregnancy. The study focused on preterm babies delivered during weeks 32 to 36 of pregnancy, as well as on extremely premature infants delivered before 32 weeks

Advanced maternal age linked with increased risk of preterm birthThe higher risk of preterm births for women over 40 may not be completely explained by their greater use of reproductive technology or medical interventions like induced labour or planned caesarean deliveries, a Canadian study suggests. The study confirmed that women over 40 do have the highest risk of preterm births: 7.8 % of pregnancies […]

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage risk

Higher blood pressure prior to conception may increase the risk of miscarriage, even in women not diagnosed with hypertension. The study involved women who had already experienced at least one pregnancy loss and were trying to conceive again. If confirmed, the findings imply that lowering heart disease risk factors in young adulthood may also improve reproductive health

High blood pressure before pregnancy interlinked with miscarriage riskWomen with slightly elevated blood pressure before they get pregnant may have an increased risk of miscarriage even when they’re not diagnosed with hypertension, an American study suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,228 women with at least one previous pregnancy loss who were trying to conceive. Out of the 797 participants who became pregnant during […]
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