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What Happens In the Womb Can Last a Lifetime

What Happens In the Womb Can Last a Lifetime

NEWS, Women's health
The Mother’s Wellbeing It is well known that the mother should look after herself during pregnancy, and that she should eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, not drink alcohol, and refrain from smoking. It is not so well known that the mother’s emotional state is important too. The mother’s stress during pregnancy can have a long lasting effect on her child. Although, it is important to remember that the majority of children will not be affected. It is also very important that the mother does not blame herself, or that others blame her, if there are problems with her child. However, we all need to give more support to pregnant women and help to reduce their stress. If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed while you are pregnant don’t suffer in silence; talk to your
Miscarriage Risk May Be Higher With Use Of Common Antibiotics

Miscarriage Risk May Be Higher With Use Of Common Antibiotics

NEWS, Women's health
A new study suggests that guidelines for antibiotic use during early pregnancy might need to be reviewed, after finding that some common classes of the drug could double the risk of miscarriage. Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada have identified a link between the use of macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, and some other common antibiotics in early pregnancy and an increased risk of miscarriage. The findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a foetus before 20 weeks of pregnancy. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, miscarriage occurs in around 15 to 20 percent of women who are aware of their pregnancy, and it is most commo...
Breastfeeding Cuts Uterus Cancer Risks

Breastfeeding Cuts Uterus Cancer Risks

NEWS, Women's health
Women who breastfeed their children have been found to be at substantially less risk of developing uterus cancer, according to researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia. Dr Susan Jordan, head of the Cancer Causes and Care research group at QIMR Berghofer said that women who breastfeed at least one child have a lower risk of contracting cancer of the uterus. “We found that the longer women breast-fed each child, the more their risk of uterine cancer reduced, up until nine months when the reduction in risk plateaued,” Jordan said. The research into the link between breastfeeding and this form of cancer was the largest ever undertaken, with the team at QIMR Berghofer analysing data collected from over 26,000 Australian women, with over 9,000 of those having
Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Inventions: How Virtual Reality Could Help Midwives Deliver Babies

Children's Health, NEWS, Women's health
Virtual reality has made inroads into several industries, and now it's coming to the delivery room. The University of Newcastle in Australia has launched a new virtual reality project that aims at teaching midwives how to safely deliver babies in a "life-or-death situation." The virtual environment, which was announced on Friday, places midwifery students in a "real-world delivery room" and requires them to act quickly to resuscitate a newly born child. It depicts a child that needs resuscitation, tools that can be used to revive the child, and more. It also asks students to answer questions as they're dealing with the situation. “With 15% of births in Australia and New Zealand requiring some form of resuscitation—a number even higher in premature babies—it is imperative our students
Women More Prone To Arthritis Than Men

Women More Prone To Arthritis Than Men

NEWS, Women's health
Prof. Temitope Alonge, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says women are three times more  prone to  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) than men. Alonge, who is also the Chief Medical Director of  UCH, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Ibadan on Wednesday. He said that symptoms of the ailment  in women tended to appear between ages 30 and 60 while they  develop in  men  later. Alonge said while there may also be a genetic basis for the disease, cigarette smoking and periodontics were  major risk factors. According to Alonge, arthritis  refers to more than 100 conditions that affect the musculus-skeletal system. “The joints are the parts of the body where bones meet each other. When arthritis is present,
Women’s Sexual Health

Women’s Sexual Health

NEWS, Women's health
Talking about your sexual needs can help bring you and your partner closer together and promote sexual fulfilment. Women's sexual health, like men's, is important to the overall emotional and physical well-being. A fulfilling sex life improves your sleep quality and reduces stress. But achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't happen magically; it takes self-reflection and candid communication with your partner. Although talking about sexuality can be difficult, it is a topic well worth addressing. Many people think that your body's physical desire for sex motivates sexual activity, which leads to sexual arousal and then orgasm. Although this may be true for most men, it's not necessarily true for most women. Many women have different motivators and stimuli that make them feel ...
Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

Common Antibiotics Linked with Miscarriage in Early Pregnancy

NEWS, Women's health
A study of pregnant women shows some commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics to be associated with up to a twofold increase in risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks.  A Canadian research study has shown that certain types of antibiotics can increase the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks twofold. Many classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics, including macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines and sulfonamides may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, a Canadian research study has concluded. In the analysis, which matched data on 8,702 women who had a clinical diagnosis of miscarriage with 87,020 controls, the macrolide, erythromycin, was not associated with an increased risk, nor was nitrofurantoin — a common treatment for urina
Coping with Lactation after Stillbirth and Infant Loss

Coping with Lactation after Stillbirth and Infant Loss

NEWS, Women's health
It's really painful to lose a pregnancy after all hopes and aspiration especially when you have carried the baby in the womb for nine months and laboured to push out just to realise that the baby is dead. It's disheartening, and a terrible experience especially for the mother and considering the long term effect it could have on your body due to hormonal changes. Another issue to consider is: What happens to the breast milk after a still birth? Losing a baby any time after 16-18 weeks of gestation may lead to breast milk “coming in” as the arrival of milk is driven by the drop in hormones irrespective of whether a mother planned to breastfeed or not. A mother may not have anticipated this and may find it very upsetting. While some mothers will want to stop lactation after stillbirth, misc
What Infection in Pregnancy Does to Babies

What Infection in Pregnancy Does to Babies

NEWS, Women's health
Laide could not believe her eyes when the nurses at the hospital she delivered moments earlier gave her the baby. The baby boy had a small head and bulging eyes. His fingers and toes were not well formed; he had three fingers on each hand instead of five, and had two toes on one foot, and three on the other. The 40-year -old woman who has two normal children gathered that one of the nurses even screamed immediately the baby was born while others looked on in amazement. Scientists say maternal infections during pregnancy is a risk factor for abnormal fetal development. This was revealed in a study recently published in the journal, Molecular Psychiatry, by researchers from the University of Cyprus, University of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego, and Stanford...
Types of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge, Symptoms and Treatment

Types of Abnormal Vaginal Discharge, Symptoms and Treatment

NEWS, Women's health
Vaginal discharge is caused by mucous produced from the cervix, the lower part of the womb that leads into the vagina. It helps keeps your vagina moist and protects it from infection. A normal vaginal discharge is: clear or white not smelly thick and sticky for most of the menstrual cycle clearer, wetter and more slippery around the time of ovulation – Most women produce more discharge during pregnancy and less after the menopause. Vaginal discharge serves an important housekeeping function in the female reproductive system. Fluid made by glands inside the vagina and cervix carries away dead cells and bacteria. This keeps the vagina clean and helps prevent infection. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may
Increase in the Number of C-sections Affecting Human Evolution

Increase in the Number of C-sections Affecting Human Evolution

NEWS, Women's health
Human evolution is being shaped by the number of women giving birth by caesarean section, a study has found. Researchers estimate that between 3% and 6% of births worldwide are obstructed because the mother's pelvis is too small for the head or shoulders. Although the caesarean section is thought to date from ancient times, it is only in the modern era that its use has mushroomed. Its use in the United States increased from less than 5% of births in the 1970s to more than a quarter for most of the last 30 years, according to the US National Library of Medicine. NHS figures show similar rates for the UK. It is believed that the size of women's pelvises and the size of babies' heads were finely balanced over millions of years of human evolution, with hips unable to dip below a certain wi
Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

Girls Feel Unprepared for Puberty, New Study Finds

NEWS, Women's health
Girls from low-income families in the U.S. are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their latest paper on the puberty experiences of African-American, Caucasian, and Hispanic girls living mostly in urban areas of the North-eastern U.S. shows that the majority of low-income girls feel they lack the information and readiness to cope with the onset of menstruation. The research is one of the first comprehensive systematic reviews of the literature on puberty experiences of low-income girls in the U.S. "Puberty is the cornerstone of reproductive development," said Marni Sommer, Dr. PH, MSN, RN, associate professo...
Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Negative Blood Type: Effect on Pregnancy, Miscarriages and Stillbirths

Health Issues, NEWS, Women's health
  Each blood type is also grouped by its Rhesus factor, or Rh factor. A Blood type is either Rh positive (Rh+) or Rh negative (Rh-). Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the surface of red blood cells. If your blood has the protein, you're Rh positive (Rh+). If your blood lacks the protein, you're Rh negative (Rh-). Rh positive is the most common blood type. The Rh factor is inherited - passed down through parents’ genes to their children. If the mother is Rh negative and the father is Rh positive, the foetus can inherit the Rh gene from the father and could be either Rh positive or Rh negative. If the mother and father are both Rh negative, the baby also will be Rh negative. "Rh-" and Pregnancy The Rh factor can cause problems if you are Rh- and your foetus is Rh+.
Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

Optimistic women ‘cut risk’ of deadly diseases

NEWS, Women's health
  In a study of more than 70,000 women, optimists were less likely to get fatal cancer, heart disease, lung conditions and stroke in their retirement years. Although some of the association is explained by healthier life choices and behaviours, experts believe a positive mental attitude is powerful in itself. And even if you lack a natural sunny disposition, optimism can be learned. Encouraging people to imagine a bright future could be a good medicine to boost public health, say the authors of the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The researchers looked at health data collected from a large US study of working and retired female nurses. The participants had been asked to rate how optimistic they perceived themselves to be on a scale of zero to 24. Th...
Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

Natural Ways to Relieve Menstrual Cramps or Pains

NEWS, Women's health
There are a variety of menstrual cramp remedies that can help reduce menstrual pain: from certain foods to various exercises. However, it’s important to diagnose the cause of menstrual pain in order to find the best treatment. WATER It sounds odd, but drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation. Warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to the skin and may relax cramped muscles. You can also eat water-based foods to increase your hydration, including: lettuce celery cucumbers watermelon berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) CALCIUM Calcium can help reduce muscle cramping during menstruation. The Mayo Clinic recommends 1,000 mg per day for women betwee