Second-hand Smoke and Pregnancy: What’s the Risk?

Second-hand smoking is associated with pregnancy loss that includes miscarriage, stillbirth as well as tubal ectopic pregnancy, as reported by a new study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB). The research findings, released online by the journal Tobacco Control, mark an important step to [...]

What are the Symptoms of an Under Active Thyroid in Pregnancy?

Hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland is inflamed, is the most frequent thyroid issue diagnosed during pregnancy. This can be caused by congenital defects or an outside catalyst such as surgery, radiation or certain medications. Pregnant women ignoring the symptoms of subclinical or borderline hypothyroidism may [...]

Light Exposure in Pregnancy Plays a Part in Eye Development

Latest study in medical journal Nature concludes the eye requires light to develop normally in pregnancy. The sudden finding gives a new basic knowledge of foetal eye development and ocular conditions due to vascular problems -- in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that could blind premature babies. Richard Lang, [...]

Pregnant Women With Hypertension At Increased Risk Of Developing Chronic Kidney Disease

Women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are at increased risk  of developing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, reveals a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition that occurs when the arteries have a significant force of blood pushing [...]

Study Finds Mutation Of A Key Folic Acid Enzyme Causes Neural Tube Defects

The lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing embryos, researchers from The University of Texas revealed. Neural tube defects are specific birth defects affecting the brain, spine, or spinal cord. These defects occur in the first month of [...]

Babies Can Understand Each Other’s Moods

Babies can easily read the emotions of other infants, research from Brigham Young University has found. Published by Professor Ross Flom in the academic journal, Infancy, the study explained that babies can identify each other’s feelings by five months old. This research follows another important study by Flom, exploring infants' ability to judge the moods of [...]

IVF Increases Risk of Blood Clots During Pregnancy

A new study from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, has found that In Vitro Fertilization has been linked to an increased risk of blood clots during pregnancy. The study, published in British Medical Journal, found that a higher proportion of women who fell pregnant following IVF suffered from venous thromboembolism (VTE) [...]

Study Finds Vaginal Delivery a Safe Option For Women With Pelvic Girdle Pain

More and more women are requesting caesarians over vaginal deliveries - often due to personal preference, rather than medical necessity. Norwegian researchers studied the relationship between mode of delivery in childbirth and the persistence of pelvic girdle pain six months after delivery. They found that C-sections increased the risk of [...]