pregnancy

It's Not 50-50: Why Your Chances of Having a Boy Are Slightly Higher

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Seem like everyone you know is making the "It's a boy!" announcement? It's not just you -- it's statistics. Since the 17th century, scientists have noticed a slightly tilted sex ratio at birth: 51 percent of babies born are boys. The long-held belief is that gender is determined at conception, but a group of biologists... Read more

Demystifying Fetal Surgery: Behind the Scenes of 'Twice Born'

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You've heard about birth defects. You've probably heard of the rare in-utero surgeries that can help correct them. But now, you'll actually be able to see them. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Twice Born, a three-part PBS documentary profiling the parents, doctors and babies involved in fetal surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.... Read more

World Doula Week: 5 Reasons to Consider a Labor Coach

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It's the final day of World Doula Week! What's a doula? How can she improve your birthing experience? An actual doula weighs in. 'Doula' is a Greek term for 'slave', which was appropriated to describe the women who lend themselves to serve birthing mothers. I use the term birth coach since most people understand what that... Read more

Pregnant Meteorologist Reacts to Hate Mail From Viewers (VIDEO)

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In an unbelievable segment yesterday on Canadian outlet Global News, meteorologist Kristi Gordon spoke out about hateful letters she's received from viewers who apparently are not fans of her pregnancy. "Nowhere on North America TV have we seen a weather reader so gross as you," read one letter. Other letters slammed Gordon's wardrobe: "Buy some decent... Read more

Gender Mixups: Why Do They Happen?

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Just when you purchase 40 pink balloons for your awesome gender reveal, you get this news. Ultrasounds aren't 100 percent accurate when it comes to determining gender. We watched the shock and surprise of one family earlier this month when their "little girl" turned out to be a boy. And as sonographer Catherine E.... Read more

Geneticists Offer Position Statement on NIPTs

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Non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) are advanced screenings for genetic diseases. The key word being screenings. They can tell you that your baby might have a problem, but false alarms are still possible. The confusion about when to get one and whether the touted 99 percent accuracy is true might be what prevented experts from issuing... Read more

Is the New Supreme Court Ruling Really a Victory for Pregnant Workers?

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In response to yesterday's Young v. UPS Supreme Court ruling, headlines have touted the decision as a victory for pregnant women. Yes, the Court says pregnant workers are entitled to the same workplace accommodations given to similarly restricted workers. But beyond that, the ruling isn't as definitive as you might think. Essentially, the battle isn't over for Read more

Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Omega-3

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You might want to up your omega-3 intake -- it could do wonders for baby's brain development. A new study found only 27 percent of pregnant women get enough omega-3 during pregnancy, a fatty acid found in fish, seafood and seaweed products. While you do want to steer clear of mercury-rich seafood... Read more

Fetuses of Smoking Moms Grimace in Ultrasound

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You know you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy. But now there's photographic evidence urging you not to. Using 4-D ultrasounds, researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities in the UK found that fetuses of smoking mothers touched themselves and moved their mouths significantly more than the rate typically expected at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.... Read more

Number of Births Could Affect Your Heart Health

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There's always been a lingering concern that your kids are going to give you a heart attack, but UT Southwestern Medical Center is taking a closer look at the link between childbirth and cardiovascular health in women. The Dallas Heart Study found that women who give birth to four or more children are more... Read more