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 […]

Universal late pregnancy ultrasound improves the health of mothers

Offering universal late pregnancy ultrasounds at 36 weeks’ gestation eliminates the undiagnosed breech presentation of babies, lowers the rate of emergency cesarean sections, and improves the health of mothers and babies

Universal late pregnancy ultrasound improves the health of mothersThese are some of the conclusions of the Pregnancy Outcome Prediction (POP) study published this week in PLOS Medicine by David Wastlund of the University of Cambridge, UK, and colleagues. Undiagnosed breech presentation—when a baby’s buttocks or feet emerge first at birth—increases the risk of perinatal morbidity and mortality. In current practice, fetal presentation is […]

Gestational diabetes during pregnancy may increase risk of type 1 diabetes in children

Children of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy could be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes themselves, according to a new study

Gestational diabetes during pregnancy may increase risk of type 1 diabetes in childrenThe study was led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) that was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Early detection of diabetes is important in children and youth, as many — about 25 per cent, are diagnosed when seeking care for diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially […]

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kids

Children whose mothers  drank the equivalent of two cans of a sugary drink or two glasses of fruit juice a day during pregnancy were roughly 63 per cent more likely to be asthmatic than a child whose mum avoided sugary drinks

Mother’s sugar intake during pregnancy linked to asthma risk in kidsWith the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma since the 1980s, there has been a concerted effort to identify factors that could be the cause of the observed rise in the number of children developing asthma. Since caloric intake from added sugars, most notably in sugary drinks, has also increased over this time frame, researchers have […]

This is how you can lose weight post-pregnancy without stressing yourself

Getting back in shape and becoming a ‘yummy mummy’ immediately post pregnancy is the new hype amongst new mothers. What most mothers forget is that there is no right or wrong time to lose post-pregnancy weight since every person is unique and has unique circumstances

This is how you can lose weight post-pregnancy without stressing yourself  Losing weight post pregnancy can be a struggle and stressful task. A new mother enters a new stage in life with the birth of her little one. While her hormones are at work, there are many other things as well – the sleepless nights, the unwanted advice on eating right for feeding right and […]

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism risk

Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli children

Consuming folic acid, multivitamins during pregnancy tied to lower autism riskWomen who take multivitamins and folic acid during or before pregnancy cut the risk of their children developing autism by nearly three quarters, according to new research. A study of more than 45,000 children whose mothers had taken supplements were 73 per cent less likely to be on the autism spectrum. Mothers who consumed the […]

Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kids

Exposure to pesticides in womb may increase autism risk in kidsThough the condition varies between people, symptoms commonly include repetitive behaviour, difficulties adapting to change, and trouble in social situations. Exactly what causes autism and how it develops is still up for debate, but it is widely recognised that there is likely to be interplay between environmental and genetic factors. Much headway has been made […]

World Autism Day: Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may cause autism 

Study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks’ gestation more likely to have a child with autistic traits by age six

World Autism Day: Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may cause autism A study finds pregnant women with low vitamin D levels at 20 weeks more likely to have a child with autistic traits The important role vitamin D plays in early life is back in the spotlight after Australian researchers noticed a link between a deficiency during pregnancy and autism. The study found pregnant women with […]

Smoking and pre-eclampsia may cause fertility problems for offspring, study suggests

Low levels of oxygen in the womb—which can be caused by smoking or conditions such as pre-eclampsia—may cause problems with fertility later in life, a study carried out in rats suggests

Smoking and pre-eclampsia may cause fertility problems for offspring, study suggestsThe research, led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, found that exposing foetuses to chronic hypoxia (low oxygen levels) during development led to them having advanced ageing of the ovaries and fewer eggs available. Hypoxia in the womb can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, pre-eclampsia, maternal obesity, and living at […]

Male contraceptive pill crosses the human clinical trial hurdle

Birth control pills have been around for the past six decades but have been for use of women only. A team of researchers this week have announced the success of the first male birth control pill that could safely prevent pregnancy

Male contraceptive pill crosses the human clinical trial hurdleThe findings of the study were presented on March 24 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual conference. The results of the study are published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 104, Issue 3, March 2019. The team announced that the new drug called 11-beta-MNTDC, has passed a 28-day trial with the […]
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