Archive for January, 2012
Mention fertility treatment, and most peoples’ mind will jump straight to IVF these days. There is, of course, quite a wide range of assisted reproduction techniques around, ranging from intrauterine insemination to ICSI, in which one single sperm is injected into one egg. Have you heard about ZIFT?
The pregnant body goes through numerous changes in a short amount of time, and it’s no wonder that lots of women find themselves tired, achy, stressed, and even depressed when they are expecting a baby. Back massage can help all of those things… but is that really safe during pregnancy?
Is breast best? Well, there’s a time and a place for that discussion, but this is not it — plenty of parents formula feed, and new parents or new formula feeders can sure do with some advice on how to choose the right infant formula. It is best to choose a formula in consultation with [...]
Kegel exercises are known to strengthen the pelvic floor, and they are often recommended to pregnant and newly postpartum mothers. What are the immediate, practical benefits a woman who has just had a baby? Does doing Kegel exercises help speed up postpartum recovery?
Ultrasound used on the testicles could drastically reduce the number of sperm produced by a man, say researchers who are investigating its contraceptive potential. A study (on rats) published in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology concluded that two 15-minute doses of ultrasound could render male humans infertile. They did add, however, that lots more tests [...]
No pregnant woman vaginal tears or other damage to the genital area. Doctors often “resolve” this issue by cutting an episiotomy. This surgical incision can best be described as an artificial tear — as such, it is hardly a pleasing way to avoid vaginal tearing during birth to many women, especially given the fact that [...]
Even as parents, we all need some me-time. Isn’t it wonderful to have friends who have children around the same age as your kids, so they can play together while you drink coffee and chat with your friend? It is… if the deal works out like that. But what happens if your friend’s kids don’t [...]
Toddlers and drama go together, and most toddlers make a drama about washing their hair at some point. Is yours afraid of the water, shampoo in her hair, or worried about tangled hair too? Or perhaps, just enjoying the “no game”? Overcoming toddler hair-washing dramas is not easy at all, but we have some tips [...]
Most people know about safe sex and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, but syphilis is a disease that is rarely mentioned. We hear about HIV, chlamydia, Hepatitis B and gonorrhea all the time, but not syphilis. That is because the disease has been relatively rare since the last century, at least in the western world. But [...]
The largest newborn ever to have been recorded weighed over 23 pounds. That baby was born in America in 1897, but died a few hours after entering the world. Still, stories about babies born at around 11 pounds turn up fairly regularly and always inspire awe in any mother hearing about them! Any baby born [...]