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 […]

Taking naps during pregnancy tied to healthy birth weight  

Pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby’s risk of low birth weight, according to a recent study from China. Low birth weight, defined as less than 5.5 pounds (2,500 grams), is associated with adverse health outcomes in childhood and adulthood, including respiratory illnesses, diabetes and hypertension

Taking naps during pregnancy tied to healthy birth weight  “Low birth weight is one of the feared outcomes of pregnancy, and novel insight into risk factors is welcome,” said Dr Ghada Bourjeily, a sleep researcher at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Sleep, its quality, and duration are emerging as risk factors for various […]

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 […]

7 common causes of miscarriages

There is no experience more difficult than having to go through a miscarriage during pregnancy. Miscarriage is not only physically taxing, but very emotionally challenging as well. Yet, pregnancy loss can be even harder to deal with especially when it occurs time and time again

7 common causes of miscarriagesOne out of every 5 to 6 pregnancies ends in a miscarriage i.e. the pregnancy is lost. And if it happens three times in a row to a woman, then it can be disastrous. Recurrent pregnancy loss is one such situation which carries the burden of immense emotional stress to the couple concerned. To understand […]

Medical miracle: Baby girl weighing just 450 grams at birth, survives

Swara, a four-month-old baby from Mumbai, who was born prematurely, has survived 110 days in the hospital. Swara was born in the 26 week after her mother, Shreya, suffered a major complication during the pregnancy

Medical miracle: Baby girl weighing just 450 grams at birth, survivesSwara, a four-month-old baby girl, who was weighing just 450 kilograms at birth, has miraculously survived. She was hospitalised in Kokilaben Ambani Hospital for 110 days and now weighs around 2.5 kilograms. The doctors who were treating the little baby girl, Swara, say she has fought a really hard battle for her life. While speaking […]

Kolhapur: Woman who had stroke while pregnant, safely delivers baby

Thirty-seven-year-old Sukanya Jadhav (name changed) delivered a baby boy, in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Her case was a rare one, as Sukanya was suffering from the after effects of a brain stroke while she was pregnant. In these cases, the delivery becomes a challenging task. But, she never gave up

Kolhapur: Woman who had stroke while pregnant, safely delivers babyNine years later, the long and never-ending wait of a 37-year-old Sukanya Jadhav (name changed) finally got over, and she received the biggest gift of her life as she got pregnant. Everyone, in her life, was very happy. The celebrations were about to begin, but on the very next day, she suffered a massive brain […]

Mumbai: Women delivers child in a moving cab

The alert taxi driver helped reach the woman to the hospital as soon possible. His presence of mind was crucial in ensuring the safety of the mother and child

Mumbai: Women delivers child in a moving cab“She was crying and she was experiencing excruciating labour pains. We were stuck in the heavy traffic; I was trying to dodge the traffic, as far as possible. I had just one thing in my mind, to admit her to the hospital as soon as I could. I am happy that both the mother and […]

Are you pregnant? Here’s why you should get tested for diabetes

An estimated 6.2 crore people in India, are suffering from diabetes. And the information received from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) suggests that in India, 1,32,150 pregnant women are suffering from diabetes

Are you pregnant? Here’s why you should get tested for diabetesIn the year 2017-18, in India 1,32,150 pregnant women were diagnosed with diabetes. In 2017-18, Mumbai witnessed 998 cases of expectant mothers who had been diagnosed with diabetes. In Maharashtra, 5,149 pregnant women were diagnosed with diabetes. Rural areas witnessed 3,376 cases, while in the cities 1,773 cases were reported. Out of every three pregnant […]

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 […]

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 […]