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Terrified mothers-to-be adjust after Beirut blast

Beirut - Seven months ago, Lebanese mother-to-be Rana Mneimneh was ecstatic she was pregnant, but after a massive explosion at Beirut's port, she lives in constant fear for her baby girl.

New connection between air pollution and coronavirus severity

Certain groups within the general population appears to be at a greater risk due to the novel coronavirus. This includes those who have been affected by air pollution. Three vulnerable groups are assessed.

Overweight expectant mothers affect their children's IQ

A new study finds how a mothers obesity during pregnancy is connected to lag in sons' development, especially with motor skills, and IQ. The same effect was not found with daughters.

Robot babies tackling teenage pregnancies in Colombia

Caldas - "Anthony" cried so hard at night that Susana Ortegon couldn't sleep. The weekend felt like an eternity for the 13-year-old.So when she handed back her "robot baby" it was with great relief.

Stressed pregnant moms may mean lower sperm counts: study

Paris - Men whose mothers suffered stressful events such as divorce or job loss in early pregnancy are more likely to have fewer and less active sperm, researchers said Thursday.

Fertility tracker: Key metrics to help women to become pregnant

Ava Science, Inc. (maker of the Ava Fertility Tracker) have released results of a clinical trial with 200 women at the University of Zurich. The trial looks at the key parameters that give vital fertility clues.

No doctors, nurses or painkillers: surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Ciudad Guayana - Yoli Cabeza was sent from one hospital to another before finally giving birth to her daughter Yusmari in the corridor of a maternity ward because her contractions came quicker than medical help.

Dutch halt Viagra in pregnancy trial after 11 babies die

Den Haag - Dutch doctors and scientists have halted a ground-breaking study into using Viagra to help pregnant women whose babies were not growing properly in the womb after 11 infants died.

Parental diet before conception affects child's health

Paris - A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers said Tuesday.

Ava bracelet for future use in pregnancy detection: Interview Special

Ava, best known as the maker of its popular cycle-tracking Ava bracelet, has announced that results from a clinical study indicates that the device’s has potential for future use in pregnancy detection. We spoke with Ava Co-Founder Lea von Bidder.

Sex and violence: the roots of Mexico's teen pregnancy problem

Mexico - Claudia Colimoro still remembers the day she met Rosa, a 12-year-old girl sent to the shelter she runs after being sold into sex slavery twice and getting pregnant for the second time.

Pregnant woman's suicide roils China

Bejing - Ma Rongrong's labour pains were unbearable. For hours she had begged for a C-section to ease her agony. After multiple requests were refused, she jumped five floors from a hospital window in northern China to her death.

Australia vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects

Sydney - Taking a common vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide, Australian scientists said Thursday, in what they described as a major breakthrough in pregnancy research.

Too much stress for the mother affects the baby: Study

Swiss researchers have found that if an expectant mother is under stress over the long-term, the level of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid rises. This could have implications for the development of the baby.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Biomarker for depression during pregnancy detected

Many women who are pregnant suffer from depression, with some medics putting the rate at one in seven. To assist medics in detecting the likelihood of a woman suffering from depression a biological marker has been detected.

Brain ‘re-wires’ after pregnancy

When a woman becomes a mother it is a life-changing experience. While this is obvious in many ways, new research indicates that the brain undergoes changes and the changes persist for many years.

Warning over drugs that inactivate morning after pill

London - Women have been warned to check what medicine they are taking, particularly medication containing St John's Wort, in case the ingredients inactivate the morning after pill.

Stillbirth and bacteria linked for first time

A common type of bacteria, carried by many women, has been linked with premature delivery and stillbirths. This understanding may help to reduce the number of deaths.

Alone and at risk: Sierra Leone's baby-faced mothers

Freetown - Dizzy and sweating, 15-year-old Isatu Koroma sits with her eyes closed in the maternity ward in Sierra Leone where she has spent the last 10 days, as her tiny little daughter begins to cry.

Does morning sickness predict a baby's gender?

A new study suggests that morning sickness could be predict whether a mother will give birth to a boy or to a girl. Here an extreme form of morning sickness may shift the sex ratio towards girls.

Alcohol-exposed pregnancy remains a risk in U.S.

Washington - Despite numerous warnings, many women in the U.S. consume alcohol while they are pregnant. New figures, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), place the number of women at risk as 3 million.

CDC warning to women: Don't drink if you're not on birth control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release earlier this week that warned women of child-bearing age about the dangers of drinking alcohol when they may be pregnant, unless they were on birth control.

Reporting rape means prison time for women in UAE

When Marte Deborah Dalelv reported being raped by a work colleague during a 2013 visit to Dubai, UAE, she expected that her attacker would be brought to justice. Instead, the Court convicted her of unlawful sexual relations between Muslims (Zina).

The month in which you were born could affect your later health

According to a new UK study, babies delivered during the hottest months of the year have a better chance of enjoying a healthy adulthood, due to early exposure to sunlight.

Binge drinking still too high with pregnant women

A U.S. based report has shown that one in 10 women aged 18-44 years consumes alcohol during pregnancy. This carries with it a range of ill-health effects for the mother and baby.

Leading brand of contraceptives recalled from stores

The Actavis brand of contraceptives has been recalled due to a problem with the product information supplied with the pills. Half a million boxes are being withdrawn from the U.S.

Abortion Recovery: How to continue Special

Each year there are about 1.1 million abortions in the United States. (Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2011)

Prenatal yoga could lessen depression symptoms

New research published in the Women's Health Issues journal has concluded that prenatal yoga can help pregnant mothers beat depression.

Birth control pill inventor passes away

Carl Djerassi, who synthesized a hormone that went onto become the basis of the birth control pill, has passed away at age 91.
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The CDC is recommending that pregnant women get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their unborn children.
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