The microbes in the mother’s gut can alter the number of neurons in the baby’s brain and the connections they make.
Microbes in the gut aren't just important for digesting your food. In pregnant women, these gut microbes are producing chemicals that are essential for proper brain development of the fetus.
Pregnancy can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.
Two thirds of South African women are overweight or obese and their babies are three times more likely to become obese themselves.
Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Providing affordable pregnancy tests to women in low-resource countries is a critical, yet under-appreciated, way to improve their health.
Some changes are more noticeable than others during pregnancy.
Understanding how pregnancy changes some of the body's fundamental systems could help treat cancer and other diseases.
The right advice on nutrition is not always reaching pregnant women.
Intervention will sometimes be required in childbirth, but should only occur when medically necessary.
Our study found babies born via medical or surgical intervention were at increased risk of health problems, from jaundice and feeding issues, to diabetes, respiratory infections and eczema.
Every single pregnancy matters. It is time to end preventable harm.
According to a new study, the environment, especially traffic-air pollutants, can impact our genes and increase allergy risks prior to birth.
It’s not always that simple.
A detailed new review should encourage us to ask some awkward questions.
Fumigation to prevent possible spread of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti in Sao Paulo.
The number of new Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil is falling. But it's too early to relax.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother.
Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care.
Medical intervention in birth is normalised by both maternity care providers and all kinds of media. Our research shows information about the benefits of natural birth help women make better choices.
When cells divide, sometimes chromosomes don’t wind up where they need to go.
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Aneuploidy – when a cell has an irregular number of chromosomes – is a major cause of pregnancy loss. Scientists may have uncovered a gene that increases the risk of aneuploidy.
Hold your breath.
New research has found a link between exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy and abnormalities in children's brains. But how at risk are we?
Racial discrimination may have biological impacts lasting across generations.
Think about the last time you left the house. Did strangers on the street acknowledge your presence with a smile or avert their glance? Chances are that the answer depended on your age, gender and, of…
Rise and shine, your mum sacrificed a lot for you.
When it comes to feats of physiology, bears are among the superstars of the mammalian world. Their endurance is unmatched. During hibernation, bears regularly survive up to six full months without consuming…
A new lifestyle program has been created for women at high risk of developing gestational diabetes. Researchers at Monash…