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Does Baby Gender Affect Pregnancy Health?

People have been trying to predict baby genders for centuries. A new study published online in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity says that women who are carrying a female child may actually experience heightened inflammation which could make them feel worse during their pregnancy.

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Study Finds Gestational Diabetes May Increase Your Risk of Postpartum Depression

Statistics suggest that around 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. Characterized by long-lasting symptoms (generally longer than a couple of weeks), those suffering from the condition may experience symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, and trouble bonding with baby. It affects women of all ages, income levels, and ethnicities. There are some commonalities, however. For example, women depression are more likely to experience PPD. Now a new study suggests that gestational diabetes may also be an independent risk factor.

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Vaginal and Cervix Bacteria Linked to Premature Birth

In a new study led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that the microbe bacteria in the cervix and vagina play a significant role in the risk of premature birth. At the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine they presented their conclusions, which were also published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Study authors believe that this research could lead to new therapies to reduce the number of premature births.

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10 Ways to Get More Fiber in Your Diet While Pregnant

Fiber is an essential part of every well-balanced diet. It can aid in bowel elimination and it is important for the regulation of blood sugar and energy levels. During pregnancy, it can also help to regulate blood pressure and may even reduce your risk of preeclampsia in your last trimester. Unfortunately, the average person only consumes about 14 grams of fiber per day, which is substantially lower than what is recommended. Expectant mothers, who actually need more fiber during pregnancy, should consume at least 25 grams of dietary fiber per day. Boost your intake with help from the following tips.

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10 Fishless Ways to Add More Omega-3 to Your Diet While Pregnant

Omega-3 fatty acids are critical during all stages of life, but they are especially important during pregnancy. In fact, studies suggest that increased consumption of omega-3 during pregnancy could reduce an infant’s risk of allergies. But omega-3 goes much further than that. You see, it only takes a little omega-3 to ensure you get your daily intake.

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Study Investigates the Reason Older Mothers Are at Higher Risk for Complications During Birth

Family structure, size, and even age at which they start have changed drastically over the last several years. In fact, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that women choosing to have a child at the age of 35 or older has risen from just 1.7 percent per 1,000 births to 11. Unfortunately, scientists also believe that this delay in starting a family may be at least partially responsible for the increase of complications during childbirth.

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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Study Examines the Global Prevalence of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy

Despite the studies out there touting the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, it maintains a concerning prevalence. Yet no one really knew just how devastating the numbers really were. A new study, conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and published in The Lancet Global Health, has given us a clear but disheartening analysis.

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10 Tips For Adding More Iron To Your Diet During Pregnancy

Necessary for the production and health of red blood cells, iron is a vital nutrient. It is especially important for women who are pregnant because it ensures that both you and baby are getting the oxygen you need. Unfortunately, around half of all pregnant women suffer from some form of anemia. Protect the health of you and your baby by learning how to add more iron into your diet.

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Can You Predict the Sex of Your Baby?

Predicting the sex of a baby has been a fascinating debate that has spawned many theories. Some believe that carrying your bump low indicates a boy, while others think that a quick fetal heartbeat indicates it’s a girl. But none of these theories have proven scientific evidence as backup.

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Daily Folic Acid Supplement Still Recommended to Prevent Birth Defects

We’ve heard this before, and a new report confirms it: the United States Preventive Service Task Force recommends a daily supplement of folic acid for women looking to get pregnant.

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World’s Oldest Surrogate Delivers Daughter’s Baby

It took a court ruling to allow for Anastassia Ontou to legally become a surrogate, but on Tuesday this 67-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl who weighed just 2.6 lbs. after being delivered six weeks early via caesarean section.