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Antidepressants don’t increase stillbirths

Pregnant women who take medications against depression are not raising the risk of a stillbirth or the death of their infant.

How stress affects conception

Stress can make it harder to conceive, but Christmas stress isn’t necessarily a crisis for would-be parents.

Mother’s antibiotics can give baby asthma

Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases the risk of the baby developing asthma. Disrupted bacterial composition appears to be the culprit.

Influenza may increase the risk of infantile autism

New study shows that influenza or prolonged periods of fever during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a child with infantile autism. Read why the researcher behind the study advises pregnant women NOT to worry.

New contraceptive pills double risk of blood clots

The so-called fourth-generation contraceptive pill doubles the risk of blood clots compared to second generation pills.

Women with breast infections stop breastfeeding

New mothers are more likely to stop breastfeeding in the first month after birth if they get an infection, says new study.

Abstinent mothers require better support

Drug-abusing mothers who become drug-free during their pregnancy have trouble understanding the needs of their babies. New research suggests they should receive greater follow-up after giving birth.

How to find good sperm

Scientists have developed a new method for checking sperm quality in boars. It might be possible to use the method to check men’s sperm quality.

Counting fetal movement may reveal low fetal activity

Fetal movement counting is a safe way of helping pregnant women to discover reduced fetal activity at an earlier stage.

Foetal cells reduce risk of breast cancer

Cells from the foetus live on inside the mother for decades after childbirth. This could explain why giving birth could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.