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Pregnant women shouldn’t simply surf for guidance on meds

Women round the world seek information about the use of medicines during pregnancy. Many are probably misinformed by advice found on the internet.

C-section infants don’t get enough good microbes

Children born by Caesarean section start life with insufficient intestinal bacteria flora. These bacteria are known to play a part in protecting children from developing allergies and children who lack them may be at higher risk of other health problems.

High risks for babies of obese mothers despite C-sections

Caesareans provide no reduction in risks of serious complications when very heavy women give birth.

Seafood may prevent postpartum depression

A high level of marine omega-3 fatty acids in the blood in the final stages of pregnancy can reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

Increased risk of impairment linked to fertility treatment

New research suggests that assisted conception techniques that are used when a father is infertile slightly increase the risk that the child will be born with a mental disability. One prominent fertility researcher is sceptical of this finding.

Miscarriages increase risk of serious blood clots

Suffering a miscarriage or a stillbirth increases a woman’s risk of clogged arteries around her heart, brain or kidney, says new study. But there’s no cause for panic, says researcher.

Pregnant women are often vitamin D deficient

Over one in four fair-skinned women near the end of their pregnancies definitely need more vitamin D. Researchers think that percentage might be even higher.

Diet soda and no fish can harm mother and baby

Artificial sweeteners and a diet poor in fish may harm the pregnant woman and her baby.

Folic acid lowers risk of autism

Women who take a vitamin B9 supplement during the first weeks of their pregnancy reduce the risk of having a child with autism with forty percent.

Salt against blood poisoning

Why do premature infants develop blood poisoning if they receive a lot of nutrition? The salts phosphate and potassium are likely suspects.