After having IVF treatment an Australian woman gave birth this week at age 62. Very few women are able to conceive a baby later in life without the help of IVF, but these women also go through menopause later and have lower risks for heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia. But despite those benefits, becoming pregnant later in life carries some real risk.
Preeclampsia, which can occur any time after the 20th week of pregnancy, is one of the most common. With no other treatment currently available for the condition, infants are typically born within just days of their mother’s diagnosis. This can mean severe complications and possibly even infant mortality, especially for those born very prematurely.
Avocados taste great on everything from chips to salad, but there’s more than just taste to these little green fruits. Packed full of healthy fats, avocados have been shown to have a powerful impact on health—an impact that translates into lots of good stuff for your baby!
Chia seeds have been considered a dietary supplement by Native Americans for centuries, but it’s only been recently that they’ve become more mainstream. And for very good reason! Learn more about them, and how consuming them can benefit both you and your baby.
Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is experienced by somewhere between 3% and 5% of all pregnancies. When untreated or not caught soon enough, the condition can become dangerously fatal for both mother and baby. In fact, preeclampsia accounts for somewhere around 40%-60% of all maternal deaths in developing countries. But, even when not fatal, the condition may have some further reaching repercussions.
First time pregnancies are . . . challenging in many aspects. You’re unsure of what your body is doing. Sometimes, when you’re having Braxton Hicks contractions, or even just ligament stretching, you worry that maybe you’re going into early labor.
Estimated to affect approximately 5%-8% of all pregnancies, pre-eclampsia can cause serious health complications, including seizures, kidney failure, heart failure, and hemorrhaging. It is most common in older mothers, women suffering from obesity or diabetes, as well as women carrying triplets or twins.
Over the years, experts have warned the bed rest during pregnancy carries few benefits for mothers and their babies. Now, a new study highlights certain risks of bed rest during pregnancy. And, in light of this new information, key guidelines for prescribing bed are being considered null and void.
Nutrition is probably one of the most important parts of pregnancy – not just because you’re taking care of your own body, but because everything you do affects your baby. This is why it’s so important for women to include a wide variety of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in their daily diets. But there are some foods you should eat regularly during pregnancy; grapefruit is one of them.
They say mother’s intuition is never wrong, and that statement couldn’t be more true for one new mom.