pregnancy myths

Having babies doesn’t make you fat
Having babies doesn’t make you fat (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

Pregnancy is not a trigger for significant weight gain in Australian women, a new study by University of Canberra researchers has found. Although longitudinal studies show that women gain weight in young adulthood, and previous research has concluded that there ... Read More »

Acupuncture ‘no help’ for IVF birth rates
Acupuncture ‘no help’ for IVF birth rates (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A study of more than 800 women undergoing acupuncture treatment during their IVF cycle has confirmed no significant difference in live birth rates. Undertaken across 16 IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) centres in Australia and New Zealand, the randomised clinical trial involved ... Read More »

Expressing breastmilk in pregnancy to prevent diabetes
Expressing breastmilk in pregnancy to prevent diabetes (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A world first study has found that women with diabetes in a low-risk pregnancy can safely express breast milk in late pregnancy, with the study dispelling concerns that the practice could cause harm to babies. The landmark research, published in ... Read More »

Sex selection for non-medical reasons
Sex selection for non-medical reasons (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Allowing parents to select their child’s sex perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes and places false constraints on parent-child relationships, according to new Deakin University research. The research paper, recently published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, comes as the National Health and ... Read More »

Mothers who vape during pregnancy put babies at asthma risk
Mothers who vape during pregnancy put babies at asthma risk (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A UTS-led study of the effects of smoking electronic cigarettes during pregnancy has been hailed by the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) in its stand against legalising nicotine in e-cigarettes. Using a mouse model and human lung ... Read More »

Baby’s Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Women’s Immunity
Baby’s Sex Plays a Role in Pregnant Women’s Immunity (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

Women have claimed for years that their bodies react differently whether they’re pregnant with a male or female baby. Some studies suggest that a baby’s sex could play a role in why some women report differences with morning sickness, cravings ... Read More »

Children of older mothers do better
Children of older mothers do better (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Most previous research suggests that the older women are when they give birth, the greater the health risks are for their children. Childbearing at older ages is understood to increase the risk of negative pregnancy outcomes such as Down syndrome, ... Read More »

Increased demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ from new parents despite lack of evidence
Increased demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ from new parents despite lack of evidence (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of parents requesting so-called ‘vaginal seeding’ for babies born by caesarean section. The practice, which is also known as microbirthing, involves taking a swab from the mother’s vagina and wiping this over ... Read More »

Timing of first child influences women’s health at age 40
Timing of first child influences women’s health at age 40 (0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)

A new study finds some surprising ways in which women’s health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history. Researchers found that women who had their first child in their early 20s ... Read More »

No need for ‘eating for two’ in pregnancy
No need for ‘eating for two’ in pregnancy (2 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

A UNSW study has found expectant mothers conserve additional energy and extract more calories from food, without needing to consume significantly more, challenging the adage of needing to ‘eat for two’ during pregnancy. The study, led by UNSW Professor Tony O’Sullivan, tracked ... Read More »

 
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