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Air Pollution Risk Found in Pregnant Women

Researchers say pollutants make their way from lungs into the placenta

(Newser) - The womb protects a developing fetus, but it might not be able to fend off air pollution. Researchers have presented a small study suggesting for the first time that air pollutants can make their way from a pregnant woman's lungs to her placenta, reports the Guardian . Because the placenta... More »

Suit: MSU Knew About Video of Nassar Raping Teen in 1992

Former athletic director George Perles accused in cover-up

(Newser) - Michigan State University had knowledge of a videotape showing Larry Nassar raping a 17-year-old field hockey player some 25 years before his downfall, according to a new lawsuit. The federal suit filed Monday on behalf of several plaintiffs specifically describes Erika Davis visiting the MSU sports doctor for help with... More »

16 Nurses at Same Hospital Are All Pregnant

Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, celebrates weird timing

(Newser) - A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant, the AP reports. The nurses at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa outside Phoenix joked Friday they thought there was something in the water when it became clear they... More »

FDA Gives OK to Market Pregnancy- Prevention App

Natural Cycles says its technology is 93% effective, but there has been some controversy

(Newser) - "There's an app for that" is making further inroads in the contraceptives arena. USA Today reports the FDA has approved marketing for the Natural Cycles app, which claims it can help prevent pregnancy by telling a woman what days are best for avoiding sex (marked "red" days)... More »

Can the Internet Handle Another April Pregnancy?

Famous giraffe's calf due in early spring

(Newser) - April, the giraffe whose pregnancy became an internet sensation , is pregnant again. Jordan Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, announced the pregnancy Wednesday on NBC's Today show. Patch says the calf is due during the early part of spring, around March, reports the AP . April's pregnancy... More »

Trial Involving Pregnant Women, Viagra Ends With Deaths

11 babies died

(Newser) - The research had been borne out in rats, and so the next step was humans: Some 93 pregnant Dutch women whose placentas weren't operating optimally were given sildenafil, the drug better known as Viagra. The condition sharply limits a fetus' growth, and the hope was that the drug's... More »

Shark's Sudden U-Turn 'Could Mean Something Big'

Great white just headed into deep waters off the Carolinas, and it could mean she's pregnant

(Newser) - We can't exactly give EPT tests to sharks in the wild to find out if they're pregnant, but scientists think there may be another clue. Shark-tracking group OCEARCH tells the News & Observer it's been following a great white named Miss Costa, and the nearly 1,700-pound... More »

Brigitte Nielsen in Surprise Pic: 'Happy Times'

Danish actress, 54, pregnant with 5th child

(Newser) - Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby on the way—34 years after the birth of her first child. The 54-year-old Danish actress shared a picture of her baby bump on Instagram Wednesday, saying "happy times," People reports. This will be the fifth child for the Red Sonja and... More »

Her Young Daughter Was Killed by a Car. Now, New Tragedy

Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles has lost her unborn child

(Newser) - What kept Ruthie Ann Miles going after her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was killed when a car crashed into them in March in Brooklyn was her unborn baby, due this month. Now another tragedy for the Broadway star and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, delivered via their lawyer. "This past Friday,... More »

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds... More »

Rachel Weisz Reveals Her New Happy 'Mystery'

48-year-old actress expecting first child with husband Daniel Craig

(Newser) - The New York Times isn't overstating things with one of its Friday headlines: "Rachel Weisz Has a Big Surprise." The 48-year-old actress tells the paper she and husband Daniel Craig, 50, are expecting their first child together, a revelation made when Weisz pulled up her sweater to... More »

Couple With 13 Sons Just Had Another Baby

It's another boy, of course, for Michigan couple

(Newser) - A Michigan couple with 13 sons has welcomed a 14th boy into the family. The Grand Rapids Press reports Jay and Kateri Schwandt's latest addition was born Wednesday evening, five days before the baby's expected due date. As with their last few children, the couple decided against learning... More »

'Selfish' Woman Faces Backlash From Boss for Getting Pregnant

Story out of Japan highlights 'matahara,' aka 'maternity harassment'

(Newser) - In Japan, some employers are strict on the perks of seniority—including the issue of which workers should be allowed to marry and get pregnant first. That's why, in a Feb. 28 letter to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun , one man says his wife became "glum and anxious"... More »

Disney Wouldn't Let Her on Ship. 2 Weeks Earlier, It Would Have

Emily Jackson was 25 weeks pregnant—too pregnant, per Disney policy

(Newser) - She had a doctor's note, but Disney didn't budge. CBS News and the Miami Herald report 22-year-old Emily Jackson of St. Louis and her family of 10 showed up last week in Miami to board the Disney Magic cruise ship, but there was a problem: Jackson is 25... More »

In a Medieval Woman's Grave, a 'Coffin Birth'

Italian researchers report on case of partially delivered fetus

(Newser) - A female found buried near Bologna, Italy, in an early Medieval grave got a much deeper examination thanks to the discovery of a second set of bones in the grave: those of what has been determined to be a 38-week-old fetus. Forbes picks up the study, published in the journal... More »

Being Born Unable to Breathe Isn't a Death Sentence Anymore

Tracing the advances of neonatal medicine through the story of Owen

(Newser) - When baby Owen was born in November, "he couldn't breathe." It wasn't a fleeting problem. Delivered at about 24 weeks and weighing just 1.4 pounds, the preemie had a rash of additional issues: He was at risk of developing sepsis, had a heart valve that... More »

Part of Mom's Penalty for Killing Baby: 10 Pregnancy Tests

Plus house arrest and probation

(Newser) - A Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to killing her newborn after an unrecognized pregnancy has been handed what's believed to be the first decision of its kind in Canada: The 43-year-old woman must take a pregnancy test every six months for the next five years and submit the results... More »

Serena Williams Calls for Action After Scary Birth Experience

We need to make the world safer for all moms and newborns, she writes

(Newser) - Serena Williams nearly died after her daughter was born via emergency C-section last year; a pulmonary embolism "sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived," the tennis star writes for CNN . Living through the experience made Williams realize even though it was terrifying,... More »

When You Give Up Every Penny You Have for a Baby

Kelli Auerbach charts her experience with infertility and now surrogacy

(Newser) - Kelli Auerbach ditched her car, vacations, any social outing that required money, and even her own place for six months—living for free with friends in a different state—all so she could stockpile money. She needs a lot, tens of thousands, in order to pay another woman to carry... More »

Senator's Pregnancy Set to Make History

Tammy Duckworth will be first to give birth in office

(Newser) - Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first disabled woman to serve in the House and the first Asian-American member of Congress from Illinois, is on course to chalk up another first: She's six months pregnant with her second child, which will make her the first senator to give birth while in... More »

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