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Common Fertility Treatments Might Cause Birth Defects

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Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
New research shows that babies conceived with the help of fertility treatments might be more likely to develop birth defects. According to an Australian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts found that there was an 8.3 percent birth defect risk for babies whose parents use fertility treatments compared to the... read more

6 Big Myths about Infertility

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This week is Infertility Awareness Week and you might wonder why the heck you should be aware of it, especially if you’ve never had to deal with fertility issues. Well, it seems like most people don’t know much at all about infertility unless it happens to them -- and they’re really caught off guard... read more

Fertility Treatment Bans in Europe — Are They Fair?

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Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
Europe’s tough fertility treatment rules have been getting a lot of buzz lately. In the U.S., it’s pretty easy for couples and single women to get IVF or artificial insemination. But according to CBS News, lesbian couples and single women aren’t allowed to get IVF in France and Italy. Austria and Italy ban sperm... read more

Birth Control You Can Turn On and Off?

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You're ready to have a baby, but your birth control may be telling your body otherwise, especially if you have an IUD that needs removing. Soon, switching it off could be as simple as the click of a button. The Massachusetts biotech company MicroCHIPS, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is developing an... read more

The Common Pre-IVF Procedure That Won’t Help

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In vitro fertilization (IVF), one of the most common treatments for infertility, only works about one-third of the time -- that is to say, only one in three IVF cycles results in a pregnancy. With a statistic like that, it's understandable that doctors are trying to make IVF a more viable option for more women.... read more

Obesity Can Trigger Extremely Preterm Birth, Study Says

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Extreme preterm births, or those before 28 weeks of pregnancy, could be caused by obesity, according to a new study compiled by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In general, a preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 weeks. Most occur sometime between 28 and 37 weeks, but giving birth before... read more

4 Financial Steps Every New Parent Needs to Take

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Having a baby creates a whole new set of financial responsibilities and it can be confusing to know where to start. If you want to give your family the financial security it deserves, here are four steps that will put you on the right track. 1. Talk money with your honey If you have a spouse... read more

What’s the best age to have kids?

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Photo: Getty
I had my kids in my early thirties, which I considered a perfect age at the time. I had traveled the world, sewn my wild oats and established myself in my career before "settling down" and making a family. Little did I know that life was about to spin out of control for a few... read more

Vanessa Carlton is Expecting!

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Photo: Facebook
Guess who can't be walking 1000 miles anymore? Yup, Vanessa Carlton is pregnant! (But, if you read our post on exercise, you know that she'll still have to get some workouts in.) The singer posted a picture of her bump on her Facebook page, making the pregnancy announcement official. The bad... read more

Having a Baby After 33 Can Help You Live Longer

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Having a baby after age 33? Your longevity is looking good. A new study out of Boston University Medical Center found that women who are able to naturally get pregnant after age 33 tend to live longer. The genetic variants that allow for these later pregnancies seem to also facilitate long lifespans. "The natural ability to... read more