Palestinian prisoners smuggle sperm out of jail

Suhad Abu Fiad gets a prenatal ultrasound at a clinic in the West Bank city of Nablus.

During a routine sonogram, Suhad Abu Fiad immediately tears up at the sight of her unborn baby’s tiny feet and fingers. She’s hoping for a girl but, as she’s only four months pregnant, it’s still too soon to tell.





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Exercise during pregnancy may improve baby’s brain development

Exercise during pregnancy alters the fetal brain.

According to new research, moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby’s brain development. The research involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that “at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their mothers exercised during the pregnancy,” said study researcher Elise Labonte-LeMoyne, a Ph.D. candidate in kinesiology at the University of Montreal.



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Unplanned pregnancies increase among low-income women

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The unplanned pregnancy rate among women with incomes below the federal poverty line jumped by 50 percent between 1994 and 2006.

Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and they are increasingly concentrated among low-income women, according to a new study.


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Blood test can determine fetal sex at seven weeks


The test analyzes fetal DNA found in the mother’s blood and can establish sex weeks earlier than other options.

A baby’s sex can be determined as early as seven weeks into pregnancy by a simple blood test.  The test is highly accurate if used correctly, a finding that experts say is likely to lead to more widespread use by parents concerned about gender-linked diseases, those who are merely curious and people considering the more ethically controversial step of selecting the sex of their children.


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More Than 2 Million Babies are Stillborn Every Year: Study

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More babies could be saved if the mothers had better medical care.

Worldwide, more than 2 million babies are stillborn every year.  About half  of the babies born stillborn could be saved if their mothers had better medical care, according to researchers’ estimates.


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