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Pregnancy complications might ‘turn on’ schizophrenia genes, study says

By Mark Lieber, CNN Updated 1910 GMT (0310 HKT) May 30, 2018 Schizophrenia affects nearly 1% of the world population Complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta associated with schizophrenia, study says (CNN)Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. But new research suggests that complications during pregnancy could increase nearly five-fold the child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later in life in high-risk individuals.   These complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta that have been associated with schizophrenia, the researchers said. “The complications that mattered were very serious obstetric complications…

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What You Can Expect During Labor and Childbirth

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/6-things-you-can-expect-during-labor-and-childbirth-adv-con?ref=home_feed_1 No matter how many times you’ve discussed your birth plan with your doctor, it’s very likely that you’re going to encounter a few unexpected things on your actual delivery date. When the going gets tough, the best thing an expecting mom can do is to not panic and manage her expectations. Here’s a list of unexpected things you should brace yourself for:  You will feel labor pains that do not necessarily mean you’re about to give birth. There are contractions that may come and go in short bursts, which are called false labor pains or Braxton Hicks. They are described as…

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Are You at Risk of Having a Miscarriage? 6 Common Reasons It Happens

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/getting-pregnant/miscarriage-causes-symptoms-a00228-20180305?ref=home_feed_1 In an ideal world, every mother-to-be would have the smoothest, happiest pregnancy. Except, it doesn’t always happen.  A lot of women worry about the risks of having a miscarriage, or the loss of a fetus, which typically occurs before the 20th week of pregnancy. According to a 2003 study published in the Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, one in three Filipinas have had at least one pregnancy loss in their lifetime. In the United States, roughly 15 to 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. For women who have experienced this heartbreaking loss, the guilt is overwhelming. They think the miscarriage…

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Pregnant 13 year-olds and the Crisis in Family Planning Supplies

Bugan Ni-Rosipan March 8, 2017 https://womenwritingwomen.org Vulnerable.  The 13-year old was admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City not for complicated mumps or gastroenteritis or even severe acne. She was there to give birth. It happened all too often, that unfortunate story of a girl-boy sexual situation that resulted in a kid having a kid, says Freyza Muana, midwife and health provider of the SPMC’s Center for Teens.  In her daily rounds through the OB Ward, Muana identifies an average of 6 to 7 girls-turned-mommies and schedules them for counselling at the Center. Based on the Center’s records,…

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Young, poor and pregnant: Teen mums in the Philippines

While teen pregnancy rates in most countries are declining, numbers are rising in the Philippines. by Mary Ann Jolley 24 Jan 2018  http://www.aljazeera.com      Hundreds of thousands of girls in the Philippines give birth when they’re just teenagers [Al Jazeera] Puerto Princesa, the Philippines – Angela was just 14 the first time she got pregnant. Her boyfriend was 19, and it was her first sexual experience. “I wanted to cry; I was pushing him away. But he said he would take responsibility and that he loved me,” she says. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but Angela is now a…

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Giving Birth at Home

https://ph.theasianparent.com/giving-birth-at-home/ There are still women who prefer giving birth at home rather than in a hospital. This article will explore the reasons why women should choose or not choose home child birth.   In the past, most women gave birth to their babies at home. But with the coming of modern science, home birth is no longer promoted. Instead women are advised to give birth in hospitals or in birthing centres. Yet there are still women who prefer giving birth at home rather than in a hospital. This article will explore the reasons why women should choose or not choose…

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New Study Links Pregnant Women Taking Acetaminophen with Language Delays in Baby Girls

By AMANDA MACMILLAN  January 10, 2018 http://time.com/50…/acetaminophen-pregnancy-language-delays/ Two-year-old girls whose mothers took acetaminophen during their pregnancies had higher rates of language delays compared to those whose mothers did not, finds a new study. Similar delays were not seen in boys, who generally develop language skills more slowly than girls. The study, published in the journal European Psychiatry, included 754 Swedish women who were interviewed between weeks 8 and 13 of their pregnancies. The women answered questions about how often they had used acetaminophen—an over-the-counter pain and fever reliever, sold as Tylenol in the United States—since they had conceived. They also…

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Women having fewer children than at any time in history, statistics show

Peter Cary 25 November 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk Average family sizes have been decreasing in England and Wales since the 1930s according to the numbers published by the Office for National Statistics                                                                                    One in five women will never have children, according to the figures iStock The number of children a woman is likely to have while of childbearing age has fallen to the lowest…

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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother

By JEFFREY KLUGER March 22, 2017 http://time.com/4709403/older-mother-benefits/ The baby-making dictum is about as old as childbearing itself: Have your children while you’re young; they’re healthier, you’re healthier, everyone’s happier. Maybe, but a growing body of work is showing that while the dangers of later-life childbearing are real for some women, the benefits are also compelling. The latest such finding comes from a new study of 4,741 mothers and children in Denmark, published in The European Journal of Developmental Psychology. Researchers tracked the mom-child dyads longitudinally, checking in when the kids were 7 years old, 11 and 15. Among their findings: older moms generally…

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Joys and travails of motherhood

Many developed countries in both the West and the East face the serious problem of depopulation because of very low fertility rates. Whereas the replacement rate (zero population growth) is at 2.1 babies per fertile woman, some of these countries have fertility rates as low as 1.2 or 1.3. Their economic problem is obvious. Their population is rapidly ageing and their work force is shrinking. There are stop gap measures like prolonging the working age and getting more and more women into the work force. Some, like China that had long promoted a one-child policy, are now encouraging married couples…

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Do mothers really have stronger bonds with their children than fathers do?

  April 20, 2016  Abigail Millings (Lecturer of Psychology, University of Sheffield), Angela Rowe (Reader in Social Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol), Judi Walsh (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of East Anglia)                                 Evgeny Atamanenko/shutterstock From the marketplace to the workplace, it is mothers who are still perceived as having that “special bond” with their children. This is compounded by advertising and the widely held expectation that it will be mothers who take parental leave. But in a rapidly changing society, is there really any reason to assume…

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8 Essential Prenatal Tests Every Preggo Should Undergo

Waiting for your pregnancy test results to find out whether or not you have a bun in the oven is already a nerve-wracking experience, but hold on to your wits — there are more medical tests you will need to undergo as your pregnancy progresses. Leave your worries behind though — these tests and procedures may be routine (read: normal), but they could save yours and your baby’s lives. Remember that prevention and early detection and treatment is important. Besides, you’ve probably done some of these already, so don’t sweat. 1. Complete Blood Count (CBC) test This blood test measures…

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A Faint Second Line on a Pregnancy Test: Is a Baby on the Way?

We often get questions via Facebook Messenger asking if they’re pregnant or not (even though it’s a question we cannot answer). There are early signs of pregnancy, but the quickest way to know for sure is to take a home pregnancy test. It detects levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by a developing placenta. It’s inexpensive and easy to do: Just pee and wait for the results.  But how accurate are home pregnancy tests? According to Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, authors of What To Expect When You’re Expecting, once an embryo begins implanting itself in the uterus, between six to 12 days after…

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Psychologist Says You Can Wait to Get Pregnant Even If You’re 30 Years Old

Reaching the 30-year-old-mark often comes with well-meaning but not helpful comments about how we need to hurry along that second pregnancy. Or if it’s our first, then we really, really need to act fast so we can have at least two kids. After all, we’ve all read articles about how after the age of 35, the chances of getting pregnant becomes lower and the older we get, our pregnancies are highly likely to be flagged as high risk. In short, a warning to all those women who are starting a family later in their lives: your biological clock is ticking….

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An Emergency Hysterectomy Saved This Mom’s Life After Childbirth

IMAGE jasminemendiola/Instagram   Nothing in life is as big a decision as to have kids. For entrepreneur and makeup artist Jasmine Mendiola, that decision came one year into the relationship with her partner Paolo. Although they were already parents — Paolo has two beautiful daughters, aged 17 and 12, and a 5-year-old son, and Jasmine has a 13-year-old son Mio (who is now cancer-free after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at 5 years old) — the prospect of another baby brought joy to the couple.   In 2015, the dream came true when Jasmine gave birth to daughter Amelia Roux, who is now in…

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Breakthrough Study Gives Hope To Treat Recurring Miscarriages

One in 100 women suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), defined as the loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies, and over one-half of these cases remain unexplained. But, for the first time ever, scientists may have pinpointed one of the major causes of multiple miscarriages.  Based on examined tissue samples of womb lining from 183 women who have had recurrent miscarriages, researchers from the University of Warwick in the U.K. discovered these women lacked a type of stem cells in their womb lining, which caused the repeated loss of pregnancies. In fact, study lead author Dr. Jan Brosens, a professor of obstetrics…

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Doctors Told Her She’ll Never Have a Baby. She Proved Them Wrong

IMAGE Nicole Hollander-Guidotti Nicole Guidotti knew she wanted to be a mom. But since she was only 25 when she and her husband got married she thought they could take their time trying for a baby. After a year of trying, Nicole decided to consult an ob-gyn. “It was the first in a string of doctors that I would end up seeing,” she recalled. She found out that she had polycystic ovaries and was advised to try and get pregnant soon.It turns out Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) was the least of her problems. In Nicole’s nine-year journey to pregnancy, she found…

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A Powerful Photo Reminds Us of This Hero in Every Birth Story

She is there to help new moms in almost every childbirth. IMAGE MommyKT Shoot Photography Whether you welcome your baby via normal vaginal delivery or C-section, a safe delivery finds us eternally grateful for our support system, from your husband and family to the doctor who helps deliver our children. How many of us though remember our dear nurses? This mom from Indiana is putting the spotlight on them with a raw and heartfelt post tribute to nurses who care for women postpartum.  A mom of four and the woman behind the blog Baby Rabies, Jill Krause shared a photo of a nurse…

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Do Breastfeeding Moms Need Lactation Massage?

IMAGE 2p2play/iStock My family believed in hilot, which I often thought of as pamahiin. But it didn’t stop me from letting my father’s cousin, a hilot expert, do her magic on me after I gave birth. If I remembered it correctly, she ran her palm gently on my upper chest area outwards from the cleavage, around the breasts, and then at the back area, too, near the neck and shoulders.  Of course, hilot is what many now call as a breast or lactation massage, and it’s no old wives’ tale. Nursing moms rave about its benefits today. “When done properly, breast massage can be…

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Scientists Reveal the Best Age for Motherhood

https://brightside.me/inspiration-health/scientists-reveal-the-best-age-for-motherhood-284960/ Raising a child is a precious and wonderful journey that can bring happiness and joy as well as challenges and worries, regardless of your age. So is there such a thing as the “right time” to become a mom? New research has found that getting pregnant after the age of 35 has great benefits. The average age of women becoming mothers for the first time keeps going up. And this is not just a matter of fashion. Women in their 30s and 40s feel much safer and more determined, and they are more likely to be secure in their relationship and career. Historically, pregnancy after the age of 35 is considered risky. However, science is discovering new benefits related to late pregnancies. It has been previously proven…

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Shattering Six Common Pregnancy and Childbirth Fears

Katie – Wellness Mama July 19, 2017 https://wellnessmama.com Psssst. I want to let you in on a little secret. If you’re feeling a little, well, freaked out about all the weird or scary things that might happen during birth, you’re not alone. I remember spending tons of time researching and reading and attempting to empower myself before going into labor with my son, and still having a major case of the jitters. There were just so many unknowns; I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be ready. Of course, it didn’t really matter if I was ready, because that baby was…

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7 Really Good Reasons Why You Should Not Give Up On Breastfeeding

The liquid gold doesn’t just benefit your baby. It’s good for your health, too, moms!   by Rachel Perez   IMAGE David Leo Veksler/PIxabay You already know why breastfeeding is best for your baby. There are its undisputed benefits — antibodies that protect newborns from illnesses and cash savings that could have been spent on formula and sterilizer. But it’s also not a secret that moms get a lot of perks from breastfeeding. In fact, in the news today, a recent analysis of 17 past studies found that women who breastfeed their children for six to nine months reduce their risk of endometrial cancer by 11…

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7 Surprising Superpowers of Breastmilk You Didn’t Know About

The wonders of breastmilk never cease to amaze us! You know this by now: breastmilk* is unanimously advocated by health experts and professionals around the world as best for your baby. But there are many other things about breastmilk that perhaps you didn’t know, which we’d like to tell you about.  You’re bound to find these facts absolutely fascinating! 1. Breastmilk can potentially cure cancer Proteins in breast milk can kill cancer cells. A Swedish professor and her team have found out after decades of research that a special protein in breastmilk has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells! …

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Cultural Expectations of a Filipino Baby’s Birth (Part I)

     A POINT OF AWARENESS By Preciosa S. Soliven The Philippine Star September 27, 2012   (1st of 2 parts)   Decades ago, on my way home from a study grant in London and Edinburgh, I found the late Fr. Horacio de la Costa as my seatmate on the plane. I found out that his family spoke Spanish quite fluently, which enabled him to do research on Philippine history in the rich archives of Madrid. This was a few years before the Jesuit priest passed away. I recall still how he sadly noted that no one has written up…

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Cravings Confessions: Pregnant Moms Share Their Unusual Cravings Throughout Pregnancy

by Devan McGuinness https://www.everydayfamily.com                                                                       (Image adapted via Flickr/ abardwell) Cravings are an expected symptom of pregnancy and one that many women think about as they’re waiting for those two pink lines to show up. Some cravings are not healthy (like if you have pica), while others, in moderation, are totally OK. I had some crazy cravings in my earlier pregnancies–like weird! With my first pregnancy, I couldn’t get enough orange juice and drank so much of it I thought I was going to turn orange. I also had a big craving for something stranger–something that I enjoyed often…

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