"I don't know" and "yes" are very different things. "I don't know if my child is allergic to peanuts" does not mean, "yes, I should feed my child peanuts." "I don't know if this berry is poisonous" does not mean, "yes, I should eat this berry." And "I don't know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy" does not mean, "I should drink alcohol while I'm pregnant."
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Relax, Mums-to-be. Electromagnetic radiation emitted by your mobiles phone is "unlikely" to be harming your babby's brain, new research shows.
Previous studies that raised concerns using mobiles during pregnancy might affect the language, communication and motor skills of newborns were experimental, inconsistent - and exclusively carried out using animals that weren't, well, humans. This new study, however, followed 45,000 human mothers and their children.
A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention.
In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Oops.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that women who take antidepressants during the mid-to-late stages of their pregnancy experience an 87 per cent increased risk of having a child diagnosed with autism. Here's what the study actually found and why there's no immediate cause for alarm.
Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good?
When the heart stops beating, minutes matter. With every minute that passes before a rhythm is restored, a patient's odds of survival plummet. Which is why Anne Lyerly was surprised when, one night 20 years ago, she got a phone call from a doctor who had paused in the middle of treating a patient in cardiac arrest. Lyerly was a newly minted obstetrician; the caller was an internal medicine resident who was desperately trying to resuscitate a dying patient. A pregnant dying patient. He had called because his supervisor wanted to know whether a critical cardiac drug would be safe for the woman's foetus.
Heterosexual couples trying to start a family have tools to tell them when it's time for baby-making sex: apps can track a woman's cycle; over-the-counter tests can pinpoint ovulation. But it turns out the sex they're having the rest of the month could be just as important for starting that bundle of joy.
People who want to start a family but have, for whatever reason, a problem with the sperm - half of the equation - have options. There are in-vitro methods that get sperm right next to or injected directly inside an egg. There are sperm banks. Some people have friends who are willing to be sperm donors. And the internet has created a murky world of "natural inseminators" — men who will start a pregnancy for strangers with sex, no strings attached.