Keri Young and her husband, Royce, were just like any other expecting parents, up until the 19-week ultrasound. It was then that doctors gave them heartbreaking news: their daughter, Eva, didn’t have a brain. Devastated as they were, it was in that moment that Keri decided she would carry her baby to term and donate her organs.
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.
Numerous studies have shown that there are benefits for parents and baby when they are permitted time to bond immediately after birth. Unfortunately, the United States still does not offer paid maternity or paternity leave to families with newborns – and they remain the only industrialized nation to not do so. This, along with other factors, could explain why a new study found that less than half of all mothers are taking maternity leave.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.