Maternal health

Babies born in winter, spring reduce mother's risk of postpartum depression

Babies born in winter, spring reduce mother's risk of postpartum depression

The findings indicated that women delivering in winter and spring may be attributed to the seasonal enjoyment of indoor activities.

Oct 23, 2017, 11:12 AM IST
Fever in early pregnancy may up birth defect risk

Fever in early pregnancy may up birth defect risk

The findings showed that fever itself interferes with the development of the heart and jaw during the first three to eight weeks of pregnancy, causing deformities within the embryo.

Oct 12, 2017, 19:14 PM IST
Epidural painkillers do not slow labour, says study

Epidural painkillers do not slow labour, says study

Findings suggest that long-held practice of reducing or stopping an epidural in later stages of labor could be "out of date and misguided.”

Oct 11, 2017, 14:20 PM IST
Vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough reduces risk in babies: Study

Vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough reduces risk in babies: Study

When women got vaccinated in the second trimester, the vaccine was 64 percent effective.

Oct 08, 2017, 19:56 PM IST
Pregnant and unable to quit smoking? Try text messaging

Pregnant and unable to quit smoking? Try text messaging

 Researchers recruited pregnant women who were already enrolled in an established text messaging programme called "Text4baby".  

Oct 02, 2017, 19:07 PM IST
Suffered postpartum depression once? You could have more episodes in subsequent births

Suffered postpartum depression once? You could have more episodes in subsequent births

Overall, about 5 percent to 15 percent of all mothers are diagnosed with depression after giving birth, the study team notes in PLoS Medicine.

Oct 02, 2017, 13:48 PM IST
Placenta consumption risky for mother and baby, may cause sepsis

Placenta consumption risky for mother and baby, may cause sepsis

The placenta is an organ serving as the connection between mother and developing baby. 

Oct 01, 2017, 10:54 AM IST
India and Norway join hands to boost maternal, adolescent health

India and Norway join hands to boost maternal, adolescent health

According to the Union Health Ministry, the cooperation between India and Norway will continue to be aligned with the development goals of India as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Sep 28, 2017, 18:25 PM IST
Is mobile phone use during pregnancy harmful for the baby? Study says no! - Read

Is mobile phone use during pregnancy harmful for the baby? Study says no! - Read

 According to researchers, exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields associated with the maternal use of mobile phones during pregnancy is not linked to neurodevelopment in children.

Sep 05, 2017, 12:38 PM IST
Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth is vital – Know why

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth is vital – Know why

Breastfeeding is a healthy start for laying a strong foundation in the initial years as breast milk provides the energy and nutrients that an infant requires during this stage.

Sep 05, 2017, 10:48 AM IST
21 percent of women going through postpartum depression aren't vocal about it

21 percent of women going through postpartum depression aren't vocal about it

The study found that women who were unemployed, had a history of mental health problems or were experiencing severe symptoms were more likely to not to report to doctors.

Aug 25, 2017, 15:34 PM IST
Lactating mothers, take note! Stress can make breastfeeding difficult – This is how

Lactating mothers, take note! Stress can make breastfeeding difficult – This is how

Being burdened by stress has negative impact on the delicate health of a new mother as it can cause decrease in the breast milk and even delay it.

Aug 14, 2017, 11:17 AM IST
Women, take note! Conceiving in your thirties may increase your life expectancy

Women, take note! Conceiving in your thirties may increase your life expectancy

Normally, doctors advise women to start trying for a baby before they enter their thirties to avoid complications or problems in conceiving due to an apparent decline in quality and quantity of eggs.

Aug 02, 2017, 11:30 AM IST
Expecting mothers, beware! A diet rich in fats may up your risk of breast cancer

Expecting mothers, beware! A diet rich in fats may up your risk of breast cancer

A study has warned that a fat-rich diet during pregnancy can out you at a risk of breast cancer over generations.

Jul 04, 2017, 15:55 PM IST
Mothers-to-be, take note! Taking vitamin D supplements may shield your baby from asthma

Mothers-to-be, take note! Taking vitamin D supplements may shield your baby from asthma

Given the evidence for strong immune responses in early life being associated with decreased development of asthma, the team believe the effect will likely lead to improved respiratory health in childhood.

May 27, 2017, 17:22 PM IST
Maternal health: Postpartum bleeding may be prevented with this low-cost drug!

Maternal health: Postpartum bleeding may be prevented with this low-cost drug!

The trial published in the recent issue of the journal Lancet, involved a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in 193 hospitals worldwide. 

Apr 30, 2017, 11:16 AM IST
President gives green light to Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2017; women to get 26 weeks maternity leave

President gives green light to Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2017; women to get 26 weeks maternity leave

The entitlement of 26 weeks paid leave under the law is only for first two children.

Mar 29, 2017, 19:49 PM IST

Why India needs more male health workers -- to tackle maternal-health crisis

Devanik Saha/IndiaSpend/IANS

Mar 24, 2017, 15:23 PM IST
Mother's folic acid levels linked to blood pressure in children

Mother's folic acid levels linked to blood pressure in children

The study showed that mothers with cardiometabolic risk factors - including hypertensive disorders, diabetes and pre-pregnancy obesity - were more likely to have children with higher systolic blood pressure.

Mar 09, 2017, 12:32 PM IST
Maternal mortality rates decline worldwide except US

Maternal mortality rates decline worldwide except US

The United States performs worse than any other developed nation when it comes to maternal death, according to State of the World's Mothers 2015, the most recent comprehensive report compiled by Save the Children, a 90-year old global organization advocating for kids' needs.

 

Mar 07, 2017, 11:13 AM IST