Women with epilepsy have five times greater risk of dying during pregnancy
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  October 9, 2018  
  Pregnancy / Maternal Health  
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 Women with epilepsy have five times greater risk of dying during pregnancyWomen with epilepsy have five times greater risk of dying during pregnancy
 
The risk of dying during pregnancy is negligible for the average Danish woman, but if the woman in question has epilepsy, the probability must be multiplied by five. This is the central result presented in a comprehensive epidemiological study that researchers from Health, Aarhus University, are behind.
 
   Natural Killer Cells During PregnancyNatural Killer Cells During Pregnancy
 
Natural Killer (NK) cells are the leading maternal immune cells which act as a natural defense system and help in fighting infections. During pregnancy, NK cells aid in supplying blood to the fetus, essential for its growth and development. It also protects the fetus against foreign bodies and infections.
 
   Study: Pregnant women with mental health history recognize babies' expressions differentlyStudy: Pregnant women with mental health history recognize babies' expressions differently
 
A pilot study has found that pregnant women who have suffered from depression or bipolar disorder (i.e. both mania and depression) recognize babies' faces and how babies laugh or cry, differently to healthy controls.
 
 Fewer daylight hours during late pregnancy may increase risk of postpartum depression
 
Fewer daylight hours during late pregnancy may increase risk of postpartum depressionWomen in late pregnancy during darker months of the year may have a greater risk of developing postpartum depression once their babies are born.
 
 
 Association between breastfeeding and infant health may not be straight-forward
 
Association between breastfeeding and infant health may not be straight-forwardThere's little question about the value of breast milk as a source of infant nutrition, but a University at Buffalo sociologist is part of a research team whose new study is adding critical nuance toward better understanding the association between breastfeeding and infant health in the first year of life.
 
 
 Researchers find human milk oligosaccharides in amniotic fluid
 
Researchers find human milk oligosaccharides in amniotic fluidHuman milk oligosaccharides are complex carbohydrates that are highly abundant and unique to human milk.
 
 
 Obese mothers who underwent bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries
 
Obese mothers who underwent bariatric surgery can have safer deliveriesObese mothers who lose weight through bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries. The positive effects are many, including fewer cesarean sections, infections, tears and hemorrhages, and fewer cases of post-term delivery or uterine inertia.
 
 
 Prenatal inflammation may explain why some infants are more prone to neonatal sepsis
 
Prenatal inflammation may explain why some infants are more prone to neonatal sepsisEach year 15 million infants are born preterm and face high risks of short- and long-term complications, including sepsis, severe inflammation of the gut, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
 
 
 Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study finds
 
Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study findsIn the UK a quarter of two-to-five-year olds are overweight or obese. The World Health Organization classify childhood obesity as one of the most serious global health challenges for the 21st century and in 2016 estimated that more than 41 million children under five years old were overweight or obese worldwide.
 
 
 Study reveals benefits of midwifery care for low-income women
 
Study reveals benefits of midwifery care for low-income womenNew research from the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan is adding new evidence in support of midwives as a safe option for prenatal care, especially for women who have low socioeconomic status.
 
 
 New study offers infertile women information on expected probabilities of becoming pregnant
 
New study offers infertile women information on expected probabilities of becoming pregnantA new Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research study offers infertile women new information regarding their expected probabilities of becoming pregnant and may help them select the optimal treatment based on their various risk factors.