Could excessive fluoride consumption during pregnancy lower your baby's IQ?

2019-08-21 08:52

Fluoride crosses the placenta, and lab studies have shown that the mineral accumulates in brain regions involved in memory and learning.

Foetal kicks may help babies understand their bodies

2018-12-26 07:00

Researchers have found that foetal movement is one of the ways babies develop a sense of their own bodies.

More pregnant women using dagga than ever before

2018-01-09 08:22

Would you smoke dagga when pregnant? The habit is on the rise, according to the experts.

This is how Zika infects the foetus

2017-04-05 13:50

According to new research, the Zika virus may be able to pass through an infected placenta by binding to certain sugars on the surface of cells. Luckily there there is a way to block it.

View your unborn baby in 3-D

2016-11-25 14:52

New technology that combines MRI and ultrasound data will allow prospective parents to view the foetus in 3-D with virtual reality devices.

Eating own placenta has no benefits for women

2015-06-05 15:05

Studies have shown no data to support the claim that eating one's placenta has any health benefits, as touted by stars like Kourtney Kardashian.

Foetal faces react to mom's smoking

2015-03-27 10:56

4-D scans show more foetal mouth movement and facial touching in cases where pregnant mothers smoke.

Woman found living with dead babies

2014-11-05 15:09

31-year-old Erika Murray from Massachusets, found living with the bodies of three dead infants in a rodent-infested house, is being held on $1 million cash bail.

Exposure to antibacterials may affect foetus growth

2014-08-11 11:32

According to a new study, antibacterial compounds may be linked to developmental and reproductive issues in pregnant women and their unborn children.

Heart defects in foetuses often undetected

2014-04-25 12:11

Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect that can result in either death or significant health problems in newborn babies.


This is what having an amniocentesis really feels like

2019-01-25 14:50

An amniocentesis is procedure in which a small amount of amniotic fluid containing foetal tissue is extracted from the uterus to be screened for chromosomal abnormalities.

How hard is baby kicking you in the ribs?

2018-07-17 13:27

The moment a mom-to-be feels the first flutter of kicks is one of the most exciting in pregnancy. But exactly how much force is the foetus capable of? You'd be surprised.

Babies' fascination with faces may start in the womb

2017-06-14 09:35

Researchers have shown that the foetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track face-like over non-face-like shapes.

Genital herpes in pregnancy doubles autism risk

2017-02-28 10:30

A woman's immune response to genital herpes could have a harmful effect on the developing foetus's brain and increase the likelihood of autism.

Who will your baby look like?

2016-04-07 11:43

Will your baby inherit her grandfather's feet, her father's elegant nose or your curly red hair? It's all in the genes.

New test for Down syndrome a 'major advance'

2015-05-19 11:55

A new test that analyses foetal DNA in a pregnant woman's bloodstream is apparently much more effective than other screening methods.

American questioned for shipping human body parts

2014-11-17 11:58

A tourist was questioned in Thailand after trying to ship baby's head and other body parts to the US.

Woman sues after child is born with Down syndrome

2014-08-28 09:07

The Constitutional Court will hear an application on Thursday for leave to appeal a Western Cape High Court ruling against a damages claim by the mother of a Down syndrome child.

Rhymes reveal evidence of learning in the womb

2014-07-28 11:24

By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows.

Size of foetus affects stillbirth risk

2014-04-23 11:20

A study found that foetuses that were both too small and large for gestational weight were associated with a greater likelihood of stillbirth.

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