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Are baby advice books making mothers depressed and anxious? Health 

Are baby advice books making mothers depressed and anxious?

(Conversation) – Becoming a new parent certainly ranks up there in the exhaustion and anxiety stakes. Countless parents find themselves questioning at 3am whether their baby is feeding too much, if they should be sleeping through the night by now, and wondering if there is anything else they should be doing differently. Social media posts often boast of sleeping, contented babies while in reality many parents feel unable to put their baby down. Some want a miracle solution – and quickly. Ever since the publication of Dr Benjamin Spock’s multi-million selling baby and childcare title, the Common Sense Book Read More

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Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again Health 

Superfetation: When Already Pregnant Women Get Pregnant Again

World (Sputnik) – Birth is often described as a miracle. However, “superfetation” – an already pregnant mother becoming pregnant again – genuinely stretches the bounds of possibility. The phenomenon is so rare, only 10 cases have ever been documented worldwide. In technical terms, superfetation is the fertilization of an ovum and subsequent development of another embryo, when one fetus is already present in a uterus, the result of fertilization of ova during different menstrual cycles. Usually when someone’s pregnant, ovaries stop releasing eggs into the uterus after hormonal releases signal the body to prepare for growing a baby. However, in superfetation, the body releases another egg at this point. The first fertilized Read More

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Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person” Featured Health 

Postpartum psychosis: “I’m afraid of how you’ll judge me, as a mother and as a person”

United Kingdom (Mosaic) – After giving birth, Catherine Carver became convinced that her baby had been swapped and that social workers were plotting to kill her. She recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis, and how she found healing in unexpected ways. I have a story to tell you, but I’m afraid I’m a less than perfect narrator because there are crevasses in my mind that I fall through whenever I try to tell it. Let’s begin with a memory that is on solid ground: I can pin my finger firmly on the moment I began to wonder if Read More

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Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism Health 

Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism

World (Sputnik) – A new study from Columbia University shows that women who come down with a fever during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers analyzed data on 95,754 Norwegian kids born between 1999 and 2009, and found that 583 of 15,701 children whose mothers reported having fevers during pregnancy were diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a fever of 99 degrees Fahrenheit or more, at any time during pregnancy, means a 34-percent higher risk of autism, while fever in the second trimester increases the risk by 40 percent. “This study, using a large, well-characterized Read More

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Pregnant After Menopause: New Treatment Improves Fertility In Older Women Featured Science and Nature Women 

Pregnant After Menopause: New Treatment Improves Fertility In Older Women

World (Futurism) – An experimental treatment for women entering menopause resulted in the reduction of menopausal symptoms in some women, as well as two pregnancies in women who used the treatment in conjunction with IVF. The science behind the treatment’s effectiveness is still unclear. AN AGE WITHOUT MENOPAUSE? Old age affects us all, especially women who want to become mothers. However, a new treatment may give women the opportunity to become pregnant even after they have begun experiencing symptoms of menopause. As they age, women see a drop in fertility as their ovaries release fewer eggs each year. Around the age Read More

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