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Many women don’t have a plan for their health after pregnancy

A poll found that although nearly two-thirds of the 873 mothers were as concerned for their own well-being as their baby’s, 26 percent didn’t have a plan for managing their health over the period known as the “fourth trimester.” (iStock) Nkechi Charles knows more than most about the unwelcome surprises that can happen during and… Read More »

How does sex drive change during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can have a significant effect on a woman’s sex drive. Increases and decreases in libido are both normal, and arousal levels can change at different stages of pregnancy. Some women have higher levels of arousal and more intense orgasms during pregnancy, while other women notice the opposite. Although every woman’s experience is unique, there… Read More »

Blood test can diagnose fetal genetic disorders early in pregnancy

Genetic disorders can be detected early in pregnancyNEIL BROMHALL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Sam Wong A new test allows doctors to diagnose genetic disorders in fetuses early in pregnancy by sequencing small amounts of fetal DNA in the mother’s blood. Non-invasive prenatal tests are already available for chromosome disorders such as Down’s syndrome. Two years ago,… Read More »