Tagged with pregnancy

You’re screwing up your kids

You’re screwing up your kids

Aha, you say after reading the title, jokes on you! I don’t even have kids. Wrong. You could be screwing up your kids, even if they’re nothing yet but a gleam in your eye. Features in the journals Nature and Science this month discuss recent research on how the choices and lifestyles of would-be mothers (and fathers) can predispose their … Continue reading

More stuff for pregnant women to freak out about

More stuff for pregnant women to freak out about

A quick look at the press releases on Eurekalert for this week yielded: Eating junk food while pregnant may make your child a junk food addict (FASEB journal) Progesterone may be why pregnant women are more vulnerable to certain infections (Journal of Leukocyte Biology) When morning sickness lasts all day (TMI: Åse Vikanes’s doctoral thesis all about … Continue reading

The discriminating vagina

The discriminating vagina

All kinds of things go into a woman’s vagina. Some are friendly (like sperm and vaginal microbes), and some are very bad (STDs). The immune system in the vagina has to be able to tell the difference and react appropriately. As you can imagine, the system isn’t perfect and sometimes things go terribly wrong. An … Continue reading

Being pregnant must be super scary

Being pregnant must be super scary

Kate Middleton might love being pregnant, but for the average woman it can be confusing and scary. Every day we learn about some new thing that, if you do it when you’re pregnant, can totally screw up your kid. By this point, pretty much everyone knows that you shouldn’t smoke or drink during pregnancy. Even … Continue reading

Double vaginas, double the trouble?

Double vaginas, double the trouble?

I just read this article on the Huffington Post website about a woman with two vaginas and two uteruses, an extremely rare condition known as uterus didelphys. The condition usually isn’t discovered until puberty, when the girl starts having what I can only imagine are the worst periods of all time. However, there have been … Continue reading

Evolution of genes for shorter pregnancy

Evolution of genes for shorter pregnancy

Five studies released this week focus on different aspects of reproduction, from advances in in vitro fertilization, to understanding how genes are regulated during early development (and how this could affect cancer later) and why human eggs are prone to mistakes that cause birth defects, especially in older women. Another study even discovered a way that  stress during … Continue reading