Caesarean births may be causing evolutionary changes

Experts have created a mathematical model that they believe shows that evolution favoured bigger babies because it helped the species survive

Caesarean births may be causing evolutionary changesWhy is it so difficult and painful for human females to give birth? Researchers have developed a new theory: Evolution favoured small female pelvises and large new-borns for good reasons. And, the researchers said, the rise of caesarean sections — the surgical delivery of a baby — in recent decades may be contributing to an […]

Giving birth to first child at older age may increase mother’s lifespan

Contrary to conventional belief of older age in mothers being linked to a variety of adverse birth outcomes, new study concludes it may also have a positive effect

Giving birth to first child at older age may increase mother’s lifespanThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the average age of mothers has increased from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. The proportion of women who became first-time mothers between the ages of 30-34 increased by 28 percent between 2000-2014. First births in women aged 35 years and over […]

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 […]

To curb mother-to-child HIV transmission, NGO launches voice interactive service

Under this programme, messages will be sent to women on care to be taken during pregnancy, infancy, right nutrition and reminders on medications

To curb mother-to-child HIV transmission, NGO launches voice interactive serviceTo reduce the mother-to-child HIV transmission, Mumbai based NGO Armman has launched a voice interactive service for HIV positive expectant mothers in Pune today. It plans to extend this service to Mumbai soon. “Service is for HIV positive women in antenatal period. It will be provided throughout pregnancy and till the child turns 18-month-old,” said […]

Lying flat on back in late pregnancy has adverse effects on baby, raises stillbirth risk

During pregnancy, finding a comfortable position in which to lie down can be a challenge, particularly in later stages, and a new research states that expectant mothers should avoid lying on their backs

Lying flat on back in late pregnancy has adverse effects on baby, raises stillbirth riskStillbirth – defined as the death of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy – is estimated to affect around 1 percent of pregnancies in the United States, with around 24,000 babies being stillborn each year According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the causes of many stillbirths are unclear, but they […]

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only once

It is believed only 10 cases of this rare phenomenon, known as superfoetation, have been documented across the world

Woman conceives twins 10 days apart despite having unprotected sex only onceKate Hill was receiving hormone treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that meant she was not ovulating. She apparently conceived twins at different times despite only having unprotected sex once during that time. It is very rare for a woman to conceive a second time when already pregnant. Most twins are the result of […]

Here is why vomiting blood is a medical emergency

It is recommended that treatment is sought immediately to determine and treat the underlying cause

Here is why vomiting blood is a medical emergencyVomiting blood, also referred to as hematemesis, is caused by a variety of medical conditions. These conditions can range from a simple nosebleed to a serious bleed in the gut. Hematemesis does not refer to the presence of streaks of blood in the vomit. Instead, it refers to more significant amounts of blood that have […]

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: How a blood test can tell doctors whether drinking has affected the foetus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children with different levels of foetal alcohol syndrome may have small head sizes, low body weight and short stature, attention and memory difficulties

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: How a blood test can tell doctors whether drinking has affected the foetusA blood test may tell doctors whether a pregnant mother’s drinking has affected her foetus, according to a study from University of California San Diego researchers. Those scientists worked with the Texas A&M College of Medicine and the Omni-Net Birth Defects Prevention Program in Ukraine to identify the test, which could measure how severely alcohol […]

 5 early symptoms of pregnancy before you take the test

Though tests are sure way to find out if you’re pregnant, but they may not work until several weeks into the pregnancy

 5 early symptoms of pregnancy before you take the testYou’ve had unprotected sex, whether planned or accidental, and now either you or your partner are wondering “could we be pregnant?” Although pregnancy tests are the most accurate way to answer this question, they often don’t work until several weeks into the pregnancy. However, there are still early signs of pregnancy; here’s what to look […]

Pregnant women should see a doctor at least 8 times during each pregnancy, says WHO

About 3,00,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth each year, the WHO said, and more than six million babies die in the womb

Pregnant women should see a doctor at least 8 times during each pregnancy, says WHOWomen should see a doctor, nurse or trained midwife at least eight times during each pregnancy, with five of those visits in the last trimester, the World Health Organization said Monday as it issued 49 recommendations to prevent deaths in childbirth. Previously, the agency had advised women to visit clinics four times per pregnancy. It […]