Doctors are developing a test for ectopic pregnancies that could help save a woman's fertility.
The blood test could result in earlier diagnosis of the condition – where the egg implants in the wrong place – cutting the need for radical surgery.The test checks for abnormalities that signal an ectopic pregnancy after just a few weeks, when a simple injection can deal with the problem.It is ... Continue reading
The vast majority of babies born to mothers with HIV do not have the disease, a study has discovered.
Data on 5,151 HIV pregnancies in the UK and Ireland between 2000 and 2006 found 99% of babies were born uninfected if recommended steps were taken to prevent the disease being transmitted.In the mid-1990s, before effective drug therapy became available, the infant infection rate was over 20%.More women took antenatal tests ... Continue reading
A woman's diet around the time of conception may influence the gender of her baby, research suggests.
The study suggests a high calorie diet at this time – and regular breakfasts – might increase the odds of a boy.The study, by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, focused on 740 first-time pregnant mothers in the UK, who were asked to provide records of their eating habits before and ... Continue reading
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
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