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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.

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Dutch IVF Clinic Uses Sperm from Wrong Man?

A Dutch IVF treatment center has admitted that 26 women may have been fertilized with sperm from the wrong man between April 2015 and November 2016 due to a “procedural error.”

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Rare Rupture: Baby’s Feet Outside of Mom’s Uterus

In a report published December 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Pierre-Emmanuel Bouet highlights a case unlike anything he has seen in his years as an OB/GYN at Angers University Hospital in France. Indeed, the condition is so rare that there have only been 26 cases ever reported.

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Study: Pregnancy Brain is a Real Thing

A new study by researchers at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona has revealed that when women become pregnant the structure of their brain changes.

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World First: Woman Gives Birth Using Own Frozen Ovary

A long journey to motherhood ended when 24-year-old Moaza Al Matrooshi gave birth to a son, thanks to surgeons who were able to restore her fertility by implanting ovary tissue taken from her as a child.

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Study Finds No Increased Autism Risk from Flu, Flu Shot During Pregnancy

A new study published in Tuesday’s issue of JAMA Pediatrics reputes earlier, smaller studies that hinted at an association between serious viral and maternal fever from flu and an increased risk of autism. This newest study examined health records of more than 196,929 children born at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California between 2000 and 2010.