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Right light on the mother’s belly may be important to the foetus

There may be a link between exposure to light during pregnancy and foetal brain development. New findings by researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, working in collaboration with American colleagues, may


Physical activity during pregnancy is linked to lung function in offspring

Researchers have found further evidence that exercise during pregnancy is good not only for mothers but also for their offspring. In research presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International


Campaigners call for UK preconception health strategy as new research finds troubling trends in women’s lifestyles while trying for a baby

New research [1] from UK pregnancy charity Tommy’s shows most women still consume harmful substances like alcohol and caffeine while trying for a baby, suggesting low awareness of the risks and


Healthy diet before, during pregnancy linked to lower complications

A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes


Can data analytics help improve the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes in pregnancy?

Dr Lucy Mackillop is a consultant obstetric physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford; and


Sperm help ‘persuade’ the female to accept pregnancy

Sperm are generally viewed as having just one action in reproduction – to fertilise the female’s egg – but studies at the University of Adelaide are overturning that view. Published


Engineer cautions pregnant women about speed bumps

Research by UBC Okanagan researcher and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Hadi Mohammadi, conducted in collaboration with Sharif University of Technology, determines that accelerating over speed bumps poses a danger


Study sheds more light on use of oxytocin during labour

A study published by The BMJ recently sheds more light on the use of oxytocin (a hormone that stimulates contractions) during induced labour. The findings show that stopping oxytocin in


Exercise during pregnancy may save kids from health problems as adults

Exercise during pregnancy may let mothers significantly reduce their children’s chances of developing diabetes and other metabolic diseases later in life, new research suggests. A study in lab mice has


Pregnant women pass along protective Covid antibodies to their babies

Antibodies that guard against Covid-19 can transfer from mothers to babies while in the womb, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers published in the