Chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up "raise risk of miscarriages and Down"s syndrome"


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'Gender bending' chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up 'raise risk of miscarriages and Down's syndrome'Even low-level exposure can interfere with foetus | UPDATED: 07:44 GMT, 25 September 2012 Harmful surroundings: Pregnant women could be at risk of miscarriages or having children with Down's syndrome because of exposure to chemicals in the environment Chemicals in the environment may be harming unborn babies by raising the risk of miscarriages and Down’s syndrome, scientists warn.

New blood test for Down"s that lowers risk of miscarriage: Screening more accurate and safer for babies


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New blood test for Down's that lowers risk of miscarriage: Screening more accurate and safer for babies | UPDATED: 06:48 GMT, 4 September 2012 Ultrasound: Currently women are offered a screening towards the end of their first trimester Doctors have developed a blood test for pregnant women that can detect 99 per cent of Down’s syndrome babies without risking a miscarriage.

Mother-of-one left unable to eat for FOUR YEARS after pregnancy paralyses her stomach


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Mother-of-one left unable to eat for FOUR YEARS after pregnancy paralyses her stomachDoctors said Charlene's son may have de-sensitised the nerve that supplies nerve function to the intestines when he was in the wombCharlene is now drip fed for 14 hours every day By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 09:09 GMT, 20 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:10 GMT, 20 August 2012 A mother-of-one has been unable to eat for four years after her pregnancy left her with a paralysed stomach.

New blood test could tell mother sex of unborn child as early as FIVE WEEKS


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New blood test could tell mother sex of unborn child as early as FIVE WEEKS Researchers warn test has potential for encouraging sex-selection Pregnant women could find out whether they are carrying a boy or a girl as early as five weeks, after scientists developed a pioneering non-invasive test. A team at Cheil General Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, found that various ratios of two enzymes, which can be extracted from a pregnant mother's blood, indicate the baby's gender as early as five or six weeks.

Restricted embryo growth in early pregnancy could predict risk of miscarriage


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Restricted embryo growth in early pregnancy could predict risk of miscarriage May lead to ways of preventing such tragedies Indicator: The distance between the embryo's head and buttocks during the early stages of pregnancy could be used to predict the risk of miscarriage Scientists have found a link between miscarriages and the growth of an embryo in the early stages of pregnancy which could lead to ways of preventing such tragedies. Researchers discovered that nearly 80 per cent of single-baby pregnancies which ended in miscarriage involved foetuses with restricted growth in the first trimester. Now they hope this trend could be used as a predictor to identify those mothers most at risk