Study suggests having a poor pregnancy diet increased the risk of your child getting diabetes later in life
Eating unhealthily while you’re pregnant reduces your baby’s ability to store fats in the correct parts of the body. This raises your child’s risk of getting diabetes and other age-related diseases when they’re older, research has found.
Results of the research, carried out by Cambridge and Leicester Universities, could help experts determine ... Continue reading
Tiny pulses within fertilised human eggs could give vital clues about their viability
A new technique that listens to tiny “heartbeats” inside fertilised eggs could help doctors predict which ones are most likely to result in a healthy baby.
The technique is currently used on mice eggs but scientists from Cardiff University hope to transfer the procedure to humans, after discovering for the first time ... Continue reading
When you're pregnant or a new mum you can suffer with “baby brain”, but it makes you a better parent and more responsive to your baby, says doctor
“Baby brain” may be a real scientific condition, according to new research.
Pregnant women often complain of short-term memory loss and being absent minded, and one researcher believes these changes could be caused by the effect of pregnancy hormones on the brian. These changes could be to help mums respond better to ... Continue reading
Survey shows nearly three quarters of mums-to-be keep their bump a secret at some point
A quarter of newly expectant mums pretend to drink alcohol during their first trimester to hide that they’re pregnant according to a new survey.
Almost three quarters (73%) of the 3,000 mums-to-be and mothers have admitted to keeping their bump a secret at some point during their pregnancy, especially at parties.
When there’s ... Continue reading
One in three women who have an episode of malaria in the first trimester will suffer a miscarriage, but malarial drugs are found to be fairly safe
A single episode of asymptomatic malaria in the first trimester of pregnancy increases a woman’s chance of miscarriage from a one in four to one in three, according to new research. Where the malarial episode is accompanied by symptoms of the disease, the risk rises to one in two.
In the largest ... Continue reading
A coroner calls for pregnant and breastfeeding mums in the UK to receive Vitamin D every day after inquest into death of a baby boy.
Coroner Andrew Walker has written to the Health Secretary calling for action to increase the public’s awareness of vitamin D deficiency, especially for pregnant and breastfeeding mums.
Andrew, from north London, wrote the letter to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley after he held an inquest into the death of a baby Milind Agaral ... Continue reading
Post pregnancy a woman’s risk of contracting tuberculosis soars by 69% according to a UK-wide study
Women are 69% more likely to catch tuberculosis (TB) in the first six months after they give birth, according to a major new study.
Scientists from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the University of East Anglia examined the medical records of more than 190,000 women over 12 years.
The study, published in ... Continue reading
Three new parents tell MFM how they approached the issue of drinking alcohol in pregnancy, from avoiding it completely to cautiously drinking throughout. But what did you decide to do?
When it comes to drinking alcohol when you're pregnant, the official word from the Department of Health is to avoid alcohol completely. This advice also extends to those trying for a baby. But this hasn't always been the case.
Before May 2007, the Government's guidance was that one to two units ... Continue reading
Shocked woman thought her weight gain was simply down to her new job at Dairy Queen
Morning sickness, backache and pregnancy cravings simply passed by Kim Nelson, who went into labour without knowing she was actually pregnant. The mum-of-two didn’t think she was able to conceive any more children after ongoing problems with ovarian cysts. Surprised Kim, who gave birth to a healthy 7lb girl called ... Continue reading
Levels of caffeine in high street coffee chains' coffee could be 50% higher than recommended daily allowance for pregnant women
Pregnant women should keep an eye on how much coffee shop coffee they are drinking after tests show cups can contain 50% more caffeine than their recommended daily allowance. Mums-to-be, who are encouraged to steer clear of coffee in the first trimester, could inadvertently consume more than the recommended daily ... Continue reading
© Immediate Media Company Ltd 2012. This website is owned and published by Immediate Media Company Limited. www.immediatemedia.co.uk