World Contraception Day: Understanding possible side effects of the pill

Contraception is an important and essential public healthcare requirement. Control over one’s fertility is a crucial part of a woman’s independence

World Contraception Day: Understanding possible side effects of the pillIn recent years, the dialogue around fertility control, contraception and the ‘pro-choice’ movement has significantly increased awareness about the need for a woman to be in charge of her sexual and reproductive health. However, due to irresponsible marketing and industry driven propaganda, emergency contraception has come to the forefront of the public eye. What is […]

Air pollution having adverse impact on reproductive health of women

A small new study offers insights into precisely how air pollution can harm foetuses. In the study, researchers found microscopic soot particles in the placentas of pregnant women living in London, suggesting that these harmful particles can pass into the umbilical cord

Air pollution having adverse impact on reproductive health of womenThe harmful effects of air pollution affect far more than a person’s respiratory system; previous research has found that it can also hurt babies in the womb. Earlier studies have shown that there’s an “association between maternal exposure to air pollution and effects on the foetus,” said study co-author Lisa Miyashita, a postdoctoral researcher at […]

Know how to treat diarrhoea during pregnancy

If you experience three or more loose bowel movements in one day, you may have diarrhoea. Diarrhoea during pregnancy is common. However, just because you have diarrhoea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s directly related to your pregnancy

Know how to treat diarrhoea during pregnancyDiarrhoea during pregnancy: Digestive difficulties, such as constipation and diarrhoea, may occur frequently during pregnancy. Blame it on shifting hormones, changes in diet, and added stress. The fact is, pregnant women deal with diarrhoea quite a lot, and if they aren’t cautious, it can cause problems. Find out what you can do to ease the discomfort when it strikes. […]

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 […]

High gluten diet in pregnancy linked to higher risk of diabetes in kids

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley and is suggested to affect the development of type 1 diabetes. In animal studies, a gluten free diet during pregnancy almost completely prevented type 1 diabetes in offspring, but no intervention study has been undertaken in pregnant women

High gluten diet in pregnancy linked to higher risk of diabetes in kidsA high gluten intake by mothers during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of their child developing type 1 diabetes, suggests a study published by The BMJ today However, the researchers say that further studies are needed to confirm or rule out these findings before any changes to dietary recommendations could be justified. To […]

Babies born to obese mothers are more likely to face complications, finds study

Babies born to obese mothers are more likely to face complications, finds studyPregnant women who are obese or overweight are at an increased risk of complications, such as needing caesarean sections, developing gestational diabetes, and even the dangerous high blood pressure known as preeclampsia. Obesity may be as important (as) hypertension and diabetes as a modifiable risk factor to improve birth outcomes, the study authors wrote in […]

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildren

Girls whose maternal grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are 67 percent more likely to display certain autism-like traits, and 53 percent more likely to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

Smoking during pregnancy may affect your grandchildrenWomen who need to quit smoking have another reason to consider for saying no to cigarettes, new research offers up more evidence that the habit has negative repercussions—not just for the smoker, and not just for the smoker’s children, but for the smoker’s grandchildren, too. Coming on the heels of several years of research into […]

Using fish oil during pregnancy helps strengthen child’s bones and muscles

Fish oil supplement in the later stages of pregnancy is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) in children in the first six years of life, which is explained by an increase in total lean and bone mass at 6 years of age, but with no increase in fat mass, suggest the findings of a large randomised controlled trial published by The BMJ today

Using fish oil during pregnancy helps strengthen child’s bones and musclesIn the past, studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy could lead to an increase in the birth weight of infants. Now, researchers from Denmark and the United Kingdom suggest this intake could go on to have a beneficial impact on children’s growth later in life. The study titled “Effect of fish […]

Less sleep during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, says study

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes tend to have high birth weights. Women who have gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later. Their babies are also at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as well as obesity

Less sleep during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, says studyThe amount of time spent sleeping in the United States has dropped significantly in the past twenty years with almost a quarter of women and 16 per cent of men experiencing insufficient sleep. Now, a new study has found that lack of sleep among pregnant women may be a contributing factor to the development of […]

Paternal smoking can increase miscarriage risk, warns study

Based on data for nearly 6 million pregnancies, researchers found that women whose partner smoked during the first few months of the pregnancy were 17 per cent more likely to miscarry than women with non-smoking partners

Paternal smoking can increase miscarriage risk, warns studyWould-be fathers may increase their partner’s risk of miscarriage by smoking during the pregnancy, or even during the time leading up to conception, a large study from China suggests. Women whose partner quit smoking around the time of conception had an 18% lower risk of miscarriage than those whose smoking partner didn’t quit, the study […]