prenatal

“The Man with the Golden Arm” has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

“The Man with the Golden Arm” has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

When James Harrison was just 14 years-old, he received a life-saving blood transfusion during an invasive chest surgery. His father, a blood donor, encouraged him to pay it forward when he was old enough

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Mother’s exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter’s risk of breast cancer

Mother’s exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter’s risk of breast cancer

The use of DDT has been banned in the United States for over forty years, but its toxic effects continue to run rampant. A study utilizing blood samples of pregnant women from fifty years ago found that

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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study shows that prenatal

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This is the world’s first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

This is the world’s first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

Last month, in Toronto, Canada, the very first baby to be conceived with the help of a stem cell-dependent in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was born. Little Zain Rajani has been making headlines

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Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Perfluorinated alkylated substances (pdf) (PFAS) (the new generation of PFCs – replacements for chemicals once used to make Teflon and Scotchgard) are already linked to some negative health consequences

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Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Thus far, information about the association between maternal diabetes and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been limited, so recently a group of researchers decided to find out what, if any links

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High-definition ultrasound scans show how fetuses react to mom smoking cigarettes

High-definition ultrasound scans show how fetuses react to mom smoking cigarettes

Image: 4D scans showing a sequence of movements displayed by two fetuses at 32 weeks gestation. The image shows fetal movements in a fetus whose mother is a smoker (top) and a fetus whose mother is a

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Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay –  even in the U.S.A.

Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay – even in the U.S.A.

The telecoms group Vodafone is currently in the process of initiating an awesome global policy on maternity benefits, even in places they’re not required to do so legally, such as the United States.

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BPA alternative linked to hyperactivity & abnormal brain cell development

BPA alternative linked to hyperactivity & abnormal brain cell development

The most common chemical used as an alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) products could be just as bad for humans as BPA itself. A new study by the University of Calgary shows that bisphenol-S (BPS) is also

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New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

If you’re pregnant or have had a baby, you’ve likely heard of preeclampsia, a harmful and sometimes deadly condition affecting pregnant women. In the past, it’s been thought that

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Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

New research out of Oregon State University (OSU) shows that moms who live in greener neighborhoods may have better birth outcomes. The OSU researchers, who also worked on this study with researchers at

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New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

According to Quartz, millions of Indians have limited to zero access to hospitals or clinical laboratories. Clearly this poses a huge problem for the population, but women especially, and more

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Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

In the past, researchers have suggested that ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are the two factors most largely responsible for the vast differences in the size of babies born in different

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America is the Only Developed Nation in the World with NO Paid Family Leave Laws

America is the Only Developed Nation in the World with NO Paid Family Leave Laws

In news that won’t shock any parent in the United States, but may surprise new parents-to-be, the U.S. lags woefully behind EVERYONE else in the developed world when it comes to paid family leave.

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Giving Birth After Age 33 May Increase a Mother’s Life Expectancy

Giving Birth After Age 33 May Increase a Mother’s Life Expectancy

While most information out there about older mamas is less than flattering, there’s new positive research on the baby-making scene that says giving birth after the age of 33 may be a boon to your

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Swedish Doctors Pioneer Womb Transplants as a New Fertility Option

Swedish Doctors Pioneer Womb Transplants as a New Fertility Option

Over a year ago, Swedish doctor Mats Brannstrom and his team carried out nine future-forward womb transplants, most of them mother to daughter transplants. A year later, Brannstrom and his team are still

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New Technology Allows Parents-to-Be to See What Their Baby Might Look Like Before Conception

New Technology Allows Parents-to-Be to See What Their Baby Might Look Like Before Conception

A new service that creates digital embryos by virtually mixing two people’s DNA will soon be giving parents-to-be a sneak peek at their unborn baby, before he/she is even conceived. Offered by

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ACOG Urges Doctors to Allow Longer Labor & Pushing Stages to Help Reduce C-Section Rates

ACOG Urges Doctors to Allow Longer Labor & Pushing Stages to Help Reduce C-Section Rates

Photo by Shutterstock A new document developed jointly by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, aims to help lower cesarean delivery

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