Mum-to-be shocked by reactions to wanting to keep pregnancy news off social media sites
Thanks to a news feed full of excited status updates and twit pics of first scans and growing bumps, knowing when your old school friends or the hottest celebs have become pregnant is unavoidable these days.
Who can blame them? News that you’re expecting is always going to be hard to contain! ... Continue reading
A c-section will be offered to all pregnant women who ask for one, even if there's no medical need, according to new NICE guidelines
The rules on requesting a c-section have been revised, with guidelines published today recommending that women should have the right to a caesarean, even if they have no physical or mental health need.
The revised guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) say that women requesting a c-section ... Continue reading
Too many UK babies still being born with health problems caused by drugs, alcohol and smoking, say doctors
Drinking alcohol in pregnancy could change the genetic make-up of your unborn baby, according to new research. We already know heavy alcohol consumption, as well as smoking and drug taking, puts unborn babies at risk, but a new study has helped doctors understand what actually happens to the baby when it ... Continue reading
NHS North East has warned that not enough mums-to-be are taking up the offer of a flu jab
Pregnant women in the North East are putting their health at risk by missing out on the seasonal flu jab, according to the NHS.
Only 20% of around 20,000 pregnant women in the area have received the jab so far, despite NHS recommendations that all mums-to-be should be vaccinated.
Flu can be especially ... Continue reading
Susan Tollefsen, who became a mother at 57, admits she was too old for IVF
Britain’s oldest first-time mum, Susan Tollefsen, has claimed an age limit should be set for women wanting IVF treatment, after finding it difficult to bring up a 3-year-old in her 60s.
Conceiving daughter Freya at a Russian clinic in 2008 at the age of 57, Susan now admits she was too old ... Continue reading
Lifestyle changes can improve the quality of sperm and possibly avoid the need for IVF treatment
Men suffering from fertility problems should change their lifestyle to boost their fertility and potentially avoid expensive fertility treatment for their partners.
"I'm seeing an increasing number of couples where men's lifestyle issues are the problem. Men should be taking this seriously - they underestimate the impact of what they're doing," said ... Continue reading
Experts raise fears that fertility clinics are subjecting donors to “intensive farming”
British fertility experts have raised concerns about the risks posed by ‘intensive farming’ of human eggs, after one donor produced 85 in a single session.
Figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the British Government’s fertility watchdog, showed that donors are producing record number of eggs in a single cycle.
In ... Continue reading
A birthrate decrease around the ghoulish holiday suggests that pregnant women could be controlling their due dates.
New research has revealed a significant dip in the number of induced births and caesareans in the two week period surrounding Halloween.
The 31st October saw a 5% decrease in spontaneous births, whilst the total of caesareans dropped by 17% on the spooky day.
In contrast, Valentine’s Day saw an increased birthrate with ... Continue reading
Thinner women could find it harder to fall pregnant with fertility treatment than those who are obese, a new study reveals.
Being too thin causes more problems for your chances of conceiving by IVF than being overweight, a study has shown.
Women with a healthy weight have a 50% chance of falling pregnant with IVF. While those who are overweight have a slightly lower chance than this, those who are too thin have ... Continue reading
It’s not just women that have a biological clock it would seem; recent studies have found that men become increasingly infertile after they turn 41.
The ability to father a child has been found to rapidly decline after men hit their early 40s, with the odds falling by 7% for each year above the age of 41.
The study was based on 570 cycles of IVF treatment at the Huntington Reproductive Medical Centre in Brazil, using donor ... Continue reading
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