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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.

Birth can reawaken the trauma of rape

Eight out of ten women who have been raped experience complications during their first birth.

Calming the fears of expectant mothers

A pregnant woman’s psychological problems do not pass on pre-natally to their offspring as behavioural problems. A mum’s mental health issues that last for years, however, do have an impact on their children’s behaviour.

With kids in the house, mothers are less satisfied

A mother’s life satisfaction and relationship satisfaction goes downhill in the first years following pregnancy and birth, according to a new study of more than 67,000 women.

A single glass of wine can harm your foetus

The risk of miscarriage increases significantly if just two units of alcohol are consumed per week during pregnancy.

Fetus constantly active right up until birth

The common view held by health care personnel that the fetus becomes less active during late pregnancy is wrong.

Understand the uterus and get fewer premature babies

A better understanding of in the way the uterus works could significantly reduce the number of preterm births. Icelandic researchers are looking into new methods of solving the problem.