pregnancy

Stress does reduce fertility – but only in women, new study suggests

Higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men, according to new…

Giving birth ‘ages a woman by 11 years’

Women who have given birth have shorter telomeres, according to a recent study by George Mason University researchers in their…

Ignore the headlines: aspirin is safe for pregnant women

There are times when published research can have a dramatic positive effect on patient outcomes. There are also times when…

28 Nov 2017

Women stressed in early adulthood ‘significantly more likely’ to have a miscarriage

A history of stress can increase the risk of miscarriage by up to 42 per cent, according to a new…

Don’t call it ‘fat shaming’ – there are good reasons obese women shouldn’t get pregnant

A new study by Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet suggests that women are more likely to have babies with serious birth defects if they are…

4 Jul 2017

Do some antibiotics really double the risk of miscarriage?

Some common types of antibiotic may double the risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy, according to research at the University…

My hyperemesis hell: why doctors need to take ‘morning sickness’ more seriously

There are guaranteed ways to shatter the sense of mystery in any romantic relationship and throwing up on yourself is…

28 Apr 2017

Can eating too much fruit trigger gestational diabetes?

Women who eat large amounts of fruit during pregnancy may have a higher risk of gestational diabetes. A new study…

Could the risk of postpartum depression be predicted?

Levels of a hormone called allopregnanolone could predict the likelihood of postpartum depression, according to new research published in the…

Pregnant? Don’t give up the gym. Exercise helps mother, baby and birth

Most health advice for pregnant women is uncontroversial: to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet and take folic acid. However,…

1 Sep 2016

Multivitamins for healthy pregnant women are a waste of time. Doctors should say so

In my daily practice, I get frequent questions from pregnant women regarding what constitutes optimal nutrition, as rare is the…

2 Aug 2016

Eating more fruit in pregnancy may lead to smarter babies

Women who eat more fruit when they are pregnant have more intelligent children, according to research published in the online…

Pregnant women who opt for diet soft drinks ‘more likely to have overweight children’

Drinking diet (or sugar free) fizzy drinks during pregnancy makes women more likely to give birth to overweight children, according…

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA

Smoking during pregnancy affects the baby’s DNA, according to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Researchers…

Caffeine during pregnancy: this is what we know

A new meta-analysis has waded into the issue of caffeine consumption in pregnancy. Preliminary results suggest that a dose-response increase…

29 Mar 2016

A stressful pregnancy matters — it can affect a baby’s genes

Everyone has heard of postnatal depression, but not everyone knows that mothers are as likely to be depressed during pregnancy…

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy ‘nearly doubles the risk of autism’

Using antidepressants during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of autism, according to research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Professor…

The secret to healthy bones? It’s not just about drinking milk

Our nutritional needs for bone health change as we age, according to a study published in the journal Osteoporosis International.…

Does veganism kill children? No, neglectful parenting does

Whether it’s for religious, ethical or health reasons, it’s not easy being vegan. The diet excludes some obvious things like cheese,…

9 Jul 2015

Women who want to starve their children: the hidden problem of mothers with eating disorders

Some mothers suffering with eating disorders are tempted to starve their children, according to forthcoming research from City University. Katherine Kalinowski,…

7 Jul 2015

Can’t the BMA just admit it doesn’t want pregnant women to have fun?

Earlier this month, a review published by the Cochrane Library criticised the idea of ‘eating for two’ while pregnant, suggesting that…

26 Jun 2015