Having more babies lowers the risk of endometrial cancer, study finds
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(Medical XPress) — University of Queensland research has revealed that having more babies reduces a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer.

Dr. Gunn-Helen Moen and Shannon D’Urso from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience investigated risk factors for endometrial cancer using genetic  …

Canada significantly undercounts maternal deaths, and doctors are concerned
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(Chelsea Gomez, Tara Carmen/ CBC News) — At five months pregnant, Claudia Wong knew it was normal to be uncomfortable some of the time. But she couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong.

The Pickering, Ont., woman had already gained about 14 pounds, significant on her small frame. She’d become so swollen  …

Cramping during pregnancy: normal or something more?
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(Coleen De Bellefonds/ What To Expect) — Pregnancy gets you accustomed to a small amount of discomfort all over, from tender breasts to an achy back. But if you experience abdominal cramps and pain at any point when you’re expecting, you might be a bit concerned.

Some abdominal discomfort during pregnancy is normal, but   …

Women choosing to have kids later in life stigmatized by medical guidelines
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(The Canadian Press/ CTV News) — As more and more Canadian women choose to have children later in life, a recent study suggests that pregnant women aged 35 and older tend to be stigmatized by medical guidelines and public policies.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on biomedical risks,” said research co-author  …

6 things no one tells you about C-section recovery
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(Anne Fritz, Patia Braithwaite/ SELF) — If you’re getting ready for parenthood, you may have a ton of questions about C-section recovery. Well, you’ve come to the right place. There’s a lot to discuss, and because C-sections are major surgery, preparation is helpful even if your plan is to have a vaginal birth. You  …

Ultrasounds no longer required in Quebec before getting abortion pill
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(Selena Ross/ CTV News) — A group of Quebec doctors has successfully pushed for a big change to how abortions are given in the province, widening access to abortions by medication.

Until now, Quebec has required patients to have ultrasounds before obtaining the two-pill regimen that induces a medical abortion.

In the rest  …

How secure is abortion access in Canada?
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(Michelle Cyca/ Chatelaine) — On June 24,  the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that affirmed pregnant people have a constitutionally protected right to access abortion without government interference. This decision will have disastrous effects for people who   …

Understanding the risks of stroke during pregnancy
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(Health Matters) — With pregnancy being a time of so much change, health is often top of mind for moms-to-be. While many pregnant patients are aware of the risk of developing conditions such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, there’s one more health risk that should be on their radars: stroke during pregnancy,  …

Pregnant women with COVID-19 at higher risk of stillbirths
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — A new study has revealed the deadly toll COVID-19 can take on the babies of unvaccinated pregnant women, underlining the importance of vaccination for expecting mothers.

The peer-reviewed research published in the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine on Feb.  …