Research has found that a daily bar of chocolate could reduce the risk of a pre-eclampsia – a condition that kills around 1,000 babies every year in the UK alone – by 40%.
The latest research, published in the journal Epidemiology, found that women who ate chocolate at least five times a week were up to 40% less likely to get the condition than women who ate it less than once a week.Scientists at Yale University in the US tracked 2,291 pregnant women. They ... Continue reading
More than half of UK bosses assess the chances of a member of staff falling pregnant before employing them, a survey suggests.
And 76% of managers admitted that they would not hire a new recruit if they knew they were going to fall pregnant within six months of starting the job.Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) said discrimination was prevalent, despite legislation to outlaw it.Legally, a direct question to a potential employee cannot be ... Continue reading
The "mild” IVF technique, which involves a limited amount of fertility-boosting jabs, is successful and also safe, according to evidence at an international fertility conference in London this week.
In the mild IVF study, Dr Shokichi Teramoto gave women at the Kato Ladies Clinic in Tokyo a short course of the fertility pill Clomid, followed by two or three days of hormonal jabs.About 23% of women given mild IVF in the study had a baby and if used routinely, mild ... Continue reading
A test for spotting a mismatch between the blood of a pregnant woman and her baby could prevent thousands from undergoing unnecessary treatment.
Around 100,000 pregnant women a year are found to be Rhesus (RhD) negative, which can be dangerous for the baby.But scientists say an easy, rapid test to assess the baby's RhD status means more than a third of RhD negative women can avoid painful injections.Currently, all women who test RhD negative ... Continue reading
Eating foods rich in trans fats while pregnant or breastfeeding could lead to fatter babies, new research has suggested.
Trans fats – which are contained in much fast food along with some biscuits, cakes, pies and crackers – have been linked to heart disease.The new study on rats found that babies had a higher chance of being fat if their mother ate trans fats in pregnancy or while breastfeeding.The experts ... Continue reading
Wearing a seat belt when pregnant greatly reduces the risk to the unborn baby in the event of a vehicle crash, an American study has found.
The University of Michigan researchers estimated that based on their findings, published today, the lives of 200 of the roughly 370 foetuses killed annually in US vehicle crashes would be spared if all pregnant women wore seat belts."Seat belts absolutely protect the foetus – and not wearing a belt is a ... Continue reading
Women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy, NHS adviser the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said.
It says if pregnant women must drink, they should not do so in the first three months and should limit consumption to one or two units once or twice a week afterwards.It brings NICE in line with government advice and replaces previous guidance saying small daily amounts were fine.However, NICE concedes ... Continue reading
Many English hospitals had to turn away women in labour last year because they were full, new figures show.
Of the 70% of hospital trusts that provided data, more than 40% said they had been forced to shut their doors or divert women to other sites at least once. One in 10 said it happened more than 10 times, according to reports.The figures were obtained in a freedom of information ... Continue reading
Antenatal classes are failing to prepare women for the painful reality of childbirth, a study claims today.
New mothers are often shocked at the "intensity" of the pain they experience in labour, researchers from Newcastle University found."Unrealistic" expectations also led many to believe that they wouldn't need pain relief during childbirth.A review of 69 studies, published in BMC Medicine, sought to discover whether the reality of the delivery ... Continue reading
Two childhood friends have undergone transplant surgery to save the lives of their children who were born with the same rare condition.
Tara Sturman, 35, and Andrea Cobbold, 33, donated parts of their livers to their children at King's College Hospital in London with the hope that it would save their babies' lives from a condition called biliary atresia.The birth defect affects about 50 babies in England and Wales each year. So far ... Continue reading
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