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New Study Busts a Big Conception Myth

No need to lie still after intra-uterine insemination: researchers

(Newser) - Good news for those trying to conceive: A new study suggests there's no reason for you to continue lying down, immobile, after having sex. There's a widespread belief that lying still after sex helps give the sperm time to get where they need to go, and the same... More »

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born... More »

Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies May Harm Baby

A roughly 12-pound weight gain increases risk for all adverse outcomes in newborns

(Newser) - Not only the sins of the father, but the weight of the mother may well also be laid at the feet of the children. So report researchers out of Sweden in the journal PLoS Medicine in finding that women whose BMI increases by two or more units—amounting to a... More »

Infertile Grandma With IBS Actually Pregnant

She hadn't had a period in 26 years

(Newser) - The Sun has the heartwarming story of a supposedly infertile grandmother whose irritable bowel syndrome turned out to be—surprise—a baby. After Alison Dent gave birth to her daughter Kylie at 19, abnormal cells were found in her cervix. Doctors removed part of Dent's cervix, which should have... More »

How to Get Pregnant at 50 Without IVF

'Snowflake moms' find drastically better odds, lower costs via embryo adoption

(Newser) - After multiple failed pregnancies, Maria Lancaster miscarried again when she was 46. At age 47, however, she finally gave birth to a daughter, though her pregnancy did not come through in vitro fertilization, or egg or sperm donation. Rather, Lancaster is a "snowflake mom," Ozy reports, having adopted... More »

Mom Goes Into Hospital to Give Birth, Leaves Without Legs

Placenta condition leads to double amputation

(Newser) - A UK mom of seven delivered her eighth healthy child at the hospital in December, but a medical glitch caused the woman to lose both legs as a result. Per the Torquay Herald Express , 31-year-old Ella Clarke had a potentially dangerous placenta condition during pregnancy common with women who've... More »

In Order to Eat Her Placenta, She Had to Go to Court

Jordan Thiering 'grew my baby, grew my placenta,' but Mississippi has rules

(Newser) - There are the routine entries of the pregnancy to-do list: Buy and safely install the car seat. Set up the crib. Stock a drawer with tiny onesies. But on Jordan Thiering's list, this odd item: Go to court to secure her right to her placenta. The Mississippi woman had... More »

Husband Writes of Battle to Get Pregnant With Humor, Honesty

'I have not felt the vertigo of infinity like when we were told our baby was dead'

(Newser) - After trying to get pregnant for three years and suffering a miscarriage in the process, a Cincinnati couple have decided to go public with their story of joy and heartbreak and joy again as they announce not just their pregnancy but the many ups and downs of their path to... More »

She Had the Perfect Pregnancy. Then, a Drug Test

Maggie Downs writes of testing positive (falsely) for meth while in labor

(Newser) - Maggie Downs had suffered a miscarriage, so during her pregnancy with her first child, she behaved in a saintly manner: no wine, no deli meat, organic produce only. She writes on Narratively of suffering through a toothache with only clove oil for relief (she turned down even Tylenol), wary of... More »

Mom Dies in Crash on Way to Give Birth

Missouri doctors managed to save Sarah Iler's child

(Newser) - A Missouri woman died in a car crash going to the hospital to give birth, but her baby managed to survive—leaving her grieving family to pick up the pieces, the AP reports. The baby's father, Matt Rider, was driving Sarah Iler from Cape Girardeau to Poplar Bluff on... More »

NYC Bars Must Serve Pregnant Women

It's discrimination not to, say new guidelines

(Newser) - A pregnant woman walks into a bar and orders a glass of wine. The bartender serves it up, she drinks it, end of story. Uncomfortable, contentious, debatable or not, the bartender is now required to serve her in New York City, according to new guidelines from the city's Human... More »

Diabetes, Obesity Dramatically Increase Risk of Big Babies

Fetuses can be abnormally large by the sixth month of pregnancy

(Newser) - Diabetic or obese pregnant women may already be carrying abnormally large fetuses by the sixth month of pregnancy, US News & World Report reports. And that matters because, according to the BBC , abnormally large babies are at risk of injury during delivery and can have a higher chance of obesity... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Mom Finds Out She's Expecting Triplets Soon After Hubby's Death

'I now have three blessings that will remind me of him'

(Newser) - Courtney and Brian Hill had been trying to get pregnant for four months when Brian was killed in a car accident while making a lumber company delivery on Feb. 2. The morning he died, the Texas couple had taken a pregnancy test together, which came back negative, Hill's twin... More »

CDC: If You Had Zika, Wait 8 Weeks to Get Pregnant

If your partner had it or may have had it, wait 6 months

(Newser) - Federal health officials on Friday issued first-time guidance for couples planning a pregnancy if either partner may have been exposed to Zika, the tropical disease linked to birth defects. The disease is mainly spread through mosquito bites, but authorities have come to realize that it also can be transmitted sexually.... More »

Couple's Caffeine Intake Linked to Miscarriage

Multivitamins in the weeks before, after conception also play a role

(Newser) - For all the couples out there trying to do everything just right in the weeks leading up to conception, scientists are now suggesting that not just women but men, too, cap their caffeine consumption at two drinks per day. In other words, healthy sperm are very much a part of... More »

Woman Reports Abandoned Baby, Learns He's Her Grandson

17-year-old gave birth unexpectedly on Tuesday

(Newser) - Braeley Pettigrew wasn't feeling well and thought she might have a stomach flu. Instead, during a visit to the bathroom early Tuesday, she gave birth to a baby boy in the toilet. Then she started to panic, police say , per the Journal Times . After cutting the umbilical cord and... More »

Pro Runner Inspires With Post-Pregnancy Instagram

'I can run 5:20 pace for a half marathon, but I still pee my pants'

(Newser) - Six months ago, professional runner Stephanie Rothstein Bruce gave birth to a baby boy—her second in 15 months, Self reports. Now she's rocking her stretch marks proudly as she trains with the goal of representing Team USA at the Olympics while simultaneously inspiring thousands of women on Instagram.... More »

Woman's 'Pregnancy' Turns Out to Be Deadly Tumor

Doctors misdiagnosed it because of the hormones it put off

(Newser) - A 22-year-old British woman died last month after doctor's initially mistook a nearly 5-inch tumor for her being pregnant, the Huffington Post UK reports. Makeup artist Demi Wright started feeling pain in her side last November. When she went to the doctor, they admitted her to a maternity ward... More »

Scientists Find Cause of Repeat Miscarriages

Scientists hope to correct a lack of stem cells in womb lining

(Newser) - For two decades, researchers have been searching for the cause of multiple miscarriages, which afflicts thousands of women. Now, for the first time, scientists say they have identified the culprit and have a possible treatment in mind. Researchers at Warwick University in the UK examined tissue samples from the womb... More »

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