Archive for February, 2012
Urinary Tract Infections are more likely to turn up during pregnancy, because of the hormonal changes a woman is experiencing. As the uterus grows, its pressure can also hinder the normal functioning of the bladder. What are the risks of having a UTI while you are pregnant, and what are the treatment options?
Teething is a hard period for babies and parents alike — the pain can cause frequent waking, long crying sessions, and fussy nursing. There are many products on the market that are supposed to ease the pain of teething for babies. Among them are amber teething necklaces. Do they work, or is this just another [...]
Most couples who are trying to conceive would be over the moon to find out they’re pregnant — with a baby of either sex. But there are also lots of people who have their heart set on conceiving the gender of their choice. To meet this demand, there are plenty of natural gender selection tales [...]
Menopause symptoms can make a woman’s life very hard — hot flashes, tender and painful breasts, vaginal dryness and mood swings are only some of the “pleasantries” that come with the menopause. It’s no surprise that many women look for medical solutions to those symptoms. How can you gain some relief from menopause symptoms?
Many kids don’t get enough exercise, particularly in the cold, harsh winter days that we’ve just experienced. It’s a good job that there are active Wii games to encourage physical activity, right? Not according to a new report, which concluded that boxing, dancing and jumping games don’t make kids much more active than they would [...]
Weight gain during pregnancy is healthy and normal — but what if you are gaining a lot, and were already overweight to start with? Of course, “dieting” as such is not a good idea during pregnancy. But, is limiting calories OK?
Amniotic fluid is just as essential during pregnancy as its more talked-about companions, the placenta and umbilical cord. Amniotic fluid changes its make-up throughout gestation, going from being mostly water and electrolytes to containing proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates to help the fetus develop. It also shields the fetus from shocks, regulates its temperature, and prevents [...]
Oligospermia, a low sperm count, means that a man’s ejaculate contains fewer sperm than normal — less than 20 million per milliliter, and perhaps much less. A slightly lower sperm count makes it harder for a man to get his partner pregnant, while an extremely low sperm count makes conceiving almost impossible.
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, right? According to doctors from the United States, that could change one day. Egg-producing stem cells have been isolated by Dr Jonathan Tilly, from Massachusetts General Hospital, and his colleagues. One day, this discovery could create a revolution in fertility treatments.