A new study has found that because of the stigma around smoking and drinking during pregnancy, many women are doing these in private. Researchers from the University of Cardiff have noted that pregnant women are “irritated and alienated” by the perceived notions regarding the harmful effects of smoking and drinking during pregnancy. Recent figures have […]Continue Reading ...
Economic downturn during early pregnancy was linked with modest increases in preterm birth in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analysis. For the analysis, researchers examined a dataset of all singleton births in Michigan from 1990-2012. Each one percentage point increase in state unemployment in the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with a modest 3% […]Continue Reading ...
With the help of a multidisciplinary register and questionnaire study, Finnish researchers showed that both the educational level and its occupational orientation predict the mother’s smoking during early pregnancy. Approximately 15% of pregnant Finnish women smoke during early pregnancy. The number has remained stable during the past decades, and it is higher than in the […]Continue Reading ...
Each year, around the world, about 15 million babies are born prematurely, arriving three or more weeks early and facing a wide variety of health problems. In most cases, doctors don’t know why a pregnancy has ended early. But thanks to the industrious work of Stanford’s top obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, health policy […]Continue Reading ...
Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have been affected by unfavorable intrauterine conditions, and the physiological demands of pregnancy may act as a “second hit” leading to pregnancy complications. In […]Continue Reading ...
The economic cost to the NHS of vomiting and nausea during pregnancy is over £60 million, higher than previously thought, according to new estimates by the University of Warwick. The figures are revealed in ‘Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and resource implications: the NVP Impact Study’, published today (Tuesday 18 December) in the British Journal […]Continue Reading ...
New research from the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute supports the need for dietary and lifestyle interventions before overweight and obese women become pregnant. The researchers have reported the results of a large study of birth outcomes in more than 500 overweight or obese women from three public maternity units in Adelaide, Australia in […]Continue Reading ...
Women who experience pregnancy loss and do not go on to have children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, compared with women who have only one or two children, according to new research from the University of Cambridge and the University of North Carolina. The study, published today […]Continue Reading ...
Jan 23 2019 New research published in The Journal of Physiology indicates shift work exposure in mothers can result in reduced fetal growth and longer pregnancies, even when the shift work is only carried out early in pregnancy. Shift work interferes with normal patterns of sleep activity, eating times and exposure to light. Shift workers […]Continue Reading ...
Cambridge researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in a study using mice to model conditions in the womb. The placenta is the least understood organ and is notoriously difficult to study in pregnant women. But its ability to function properly is vital as […]Continue Reading ...
When high blood pressure (HBP) occurs during pregnancy and is not appropriately treated, it may negatively affect the health of both a mother and her baby during pregnancy, during delivery, or after delivery.1,2 High blood pressure, also known as hypertension (HTN), is a common and treatable health condition that occurs in 6% to 8% of […]Continue Reading ...
Women who were born with a low birthweight are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, according to a new Obesity study. The findings suggest that women who were born small may have been affected by unfavourable intrauterine conditions, and the physiological demands of pregnancy may act as a “second hit” leading to pregnancy complications. In […]Continue Reading ...
Pregnancy in adolescence has been linked with increased risks of mortality and life-threatening complications in young mothers and their newborn babies. New research suggests that biology alone does not explain the high incidence of these adverse outcomes. In a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology analysis of all relevant published studies, investigators found that African American race, […]Continue Reading ...
High magnification micrograph of hypertrophic decidual vasculopathy, as seen in pregnancy-induced hypertension. Credit: Wikipedia A collaboration of scientists from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Western Sydney University, have shown that an innovative new type of therapy using small interfering RNAs (siRNA) can temper the symptoms of preeclampsia in […]Continue Reading ...
What is a pregnancy test? A pregnancy test can tell whether you are pregnant by checking for a particular hormone in your urine or blood. The hormone is called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is made in a woman’s placenta after a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. It is normally made only during pregnancy. […]Continue Reading ...
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