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“Remember, remember the fifth of November”… Andy Wilkes/Flickr

From fireworks to iodine and IQ: the perchlorate connection

A chemical found in products as diverse as fireworks and food packaging, perchlorate can interfere with thyroid function as well as foetal brain development.
Couples who are carriers of genes for recessive diseases don’t show any symptoms. Photo by Drew Hays on Unsplash

What prospective parents need to know about gene tests such as ‘prepair’

Cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome are serious diseases, and most couples carrying the genetic mutations for these don't know it. Should they all be tested?
Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth. from www.shutterstock.com

Five ways to help parents cope with the trauma of stillbirth

Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
Research reveals two strategies women can use to lower the risks of stillbirth: counting kicks, and sleeping on their left side. (Shutterstock)

Sleeping on your back increases risks of stillbirth

Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
There’s a big difference between carbohydrates in wholegrains and lollies. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Six common questions about eating carbs during pregnancy answered

During pregnancy women get bombarded with food and nutrition information. Eat this, don’t eat that! It gets very confusing. Recent debates about the role of carbohydrates have cranked the confusion up…
In the past, kids couldn’t wait to get their driver’s licenses. Now? Not so much. Jenn Huls

Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up

Should parents be worried that many teens are putting off traditional rites of passage like working, driving and dating?
Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress? Camila Cordeiro/Unsplash

Health Check: can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.

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