pregnancy
Mother Leaves Hospital With Newborn, Not Knowing She’s Also Pregnant With Twins

A new mother in Bangladesh got quite a surprise last week: Less than a month after she had delivered a healthy baby boy, she returned to the hospital and delivered a set of fraternal twins, who, unbeknownst to her, had been growing inside a second uterus. Thankfully, all three children were delivered without complications. Read More >>

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Artificial Wombs Are Getting Better and Better

In 2017, a team of Australian and Japanese scientists announced a breakthrough that could someday save the lives of countless babies. They used an artificial womb to keep premature lamb fetuses alive and healthy enough for them to be later delivered without serious health complications. This month, that same team announced a leap forward in their technology, now claiming it can keep even extremely premature lambs alive. Read More >>

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New Wireless Sensors Let Premature Infants Get More Cuddles

Researchers in Chicago have seemingly found a much easier way for premature babies in intensive care to get the human touch and cuddles they need from their caregivers. This week, they introduced a system of wireless, low-irritation sensors that can be used to monitor a baby’s health from afar. The sensors, already being tested out in the real world, could someday replace and even outperform the cumbersome tangle of wires currently used in newborn intensive care units. Read More >>

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Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Mums and dads shouldn’t expect their sleep habits to bounce back to the way they were before kids for at least the first six years of their child’s life, according to a new long-term study involving nearly 5,000 parents. Read More >>

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In World First, Woman Gives Birth After Receiving Uterus Transplant from Dead Donor

A team of doctors in Brazil have announced a medical first that could someday help countless women unable to have children because of a damaged or absent uterus. In a case report published Tuesday in the Lancet, they claim to have successfully helped a woman give birth using a transplanted uterus from a deceased donor. Read More >>

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We May Finally Know How Notorious Pregnancy Drug Thalidomide Hurt Thousands of Babies

The devastating story of thalidomide—a once-popular morning sickness drug later found to cause terrible birth defects—might have a few more chapters left to it. A new study published this week in the journal eLife claims to have discovered how the drug was able to so brutally harm developing fetuses in the 1950s and 1960s. The paper’s insights might even support the development of new kinds of drugs in the near future. Read More >>

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Generic Viagra Trial Among Pregnant Women Shuts Down After 11 Newborn Deaths

A Dutch trial meant to study whether sildenafil, otherwise known as Viagra, can prevent children from being born with low birth weight has been halted early amid a wave of tragic deaths. Nearly 100 pregnant women were given the drug during their pregnancy in the trial, and 11 babies later died. The deaths are especially frightening, since the drug is seemingly already being given to expectant mothers around the world. Read More >>

depression
Pregnant Millennials May Get Depression More Than Their Mothers in the 1990s

Being a millennial is no picnic. But a new study published this Friday in JAMA Open suggests it’s especially hard for expectant mums. It found that pregnant women today are more likely to feel depressed than their mothers were during their pregnancies a generation ago. Read More >>

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A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It

The ties that bind us to our ancestors might be even more influential than we knew, suggests a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. It found that the grandchildren of women who took a certain hormone-mimicking drug before the 1970s were at higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) compared to children whose grandmothers didn’t take the drug. Read More >>

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23andMe Data Reveals Genes Linked to Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Severe Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is hard on the body. But for women with two specific genes, it may be especially difficult. Read More >>

medicine
Scary Imaging Shows Baby’s Legs Ripping Through the Mother’s Uterus

A scary scan taken at the 22 week mark of a 33-year-old woman’s pregnancy revealed a baby with its feet extending right through the mother’s uterus, and its protective amniotic sac right along with it. Read More >>

medicine
There’s a Bright Side to Morning Sickness

For years, scientists have speculated that morning sickness is connected to a lower risk of miscarriage, but the evidence was lacking. A new analysis involving nearly 800 pregnant women shows there may be some truth to this claim. Read More >>

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The List of Zika Birth Defects Is Even Longer Than We Thought

Since the US Centers for Disease Control confirmed that the Zika virus could cause microcephaly in newborns, the list of the effects of the virus only continues to grow. Read More >>

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Doctors Find Zika Virus in a Stillborn Infant With Almost No Brain Tissue

Doctors have discovered Zika virus in a stillborn infant with a severely under-developed brain, according to a chilling report published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Read More >>

drugs
Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects

Researchers claim to have found a link between taking common antidepressants and a small increase in the risk of birth defects in children, suggesting that pregnant women and their GPs might want to steer clear of Prozac and Paxil. Read More >>