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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.

Few opt for caesareans

Norwegian women are not too posh to push. Most wish to give birth vaginally. Those who request caesarean sections have good reasons to do so.

Frequent sex can prevent pregnancy complications

Having sex more often can reduce the risk of developing a serious medical condition called pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Sperm contains a special protein that increases the chances for a successful pregnancy.

Stress during pregnancy may affect the child’s health

When a pregnant woman experiences severe stress, the risk of premature birth increases. Her child may be more vulnerable to developing heart defects, diabetes and obesity. Researchers are able to identify correlations such as these thanks to comprehensive health registries.

Good sperm extends lifespan

High sperm quality is a sign of a long life for men, a new study suggests.