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Use of some contraceptives may temporarily delay a woman’s fertility from resuming

Women may have to wait eight months for fertility to return after ending their use of injectable contraceptives, study suggests. Women who stop using some forms of contraception may have

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BMJ Best Practice made free to access for NHS staff

A clinical decision-making support tool from the BMJ is now free to use for all NHS staff. All staff in England can now access BMJ Best Practice, a point of

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No safe level of caffeine consumption for pregnant women and would-be mothers

Women who are pregnant or trying for a baby should consider avoiding caffeine, researchers say Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should be advised to avoid caffeine because

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Small risk of muscle and bone malformations in newborns for mothers who have taken common thrush treatment

Pregnant women who take the thrush treatment fluconazole orally appear to have a  higher risk of giving birth to a baby with muscle and bone malformations, suggests research published by The

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Improved access to Midwifery Units is urgently needed, says new study

A high number of pregnant women in England cannot access the maternity care most appropriate for them, according to a new study, which could be costing the NHS millions of

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Some antibiotics prescribed during pregnancy linked with birth defects

Children of mothers prescribed macrolide antibiotics during early pregnancy are at an increased risk of major birth defects, particularly heart defects, compared with children of mothers prescribed penicillin, finds a

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Infants of mums who smoke while pregnant at heightened risk of of fracture during first year of life

Infants of mothers who smoke during early pregnancy appear to have a small increased risk of fractures during the first year of life, finds a study from Sweden published by The

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Sperm donation to strangers after death should be allowed in the UK, say ethicists

Ethicists say it is technically feasible and ‘morally permissible’ to plug gap in supply and growing demand Men in the UK should be allowed to voluntarily donate their sperm after

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Trial suggests inducing labour over ‘wait and see’ approach for late term pregnancies

Induction at 41 weeks looks like the safer option for women and their babies Inducing labour at 41 weeks in low risk pregnancies is associated with a lower risk of

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Fish oil supplement in pregnancy is linked to increase in lean and bone mass by age 6 years

Fish oil supplement in the later stages of pregnancy is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) in children in the first six years of life, which is explained