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blood clots on pregnancy

Women Who Get Pregnant Through IVF Have A Higher Risk Of Developing Blood Clots

blood clots on pregnancyNew Research has come to light that women who get pregnant as a result of IVF treatment may be more likely to develop blood clots. The study found that women in this position are 5 times more likely to suffer the condition than those who conceive naturally.

The researchers who conducted the study want doctors to be aware of this issue, although the number remain quite small. Blood clots are on the lungs are the main cause of death in pregnancy and the reason may be the rise in oestrogen levels caused by IVF treatment.

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A UK Man Is Thought To Be The First In The Country To Have Given Birth


The man is only one of five ‘male mothers’ to have given birth worldwide and this is believed to be the first case in Britain.

Details were revealed by Joanna Darrell of the Beaumont Society, which provides support to those have changed sex or would like to do so, a process also known as gender reassignment.

She said the man, in his thirties, inquired about the practicalities of having a baby after the surgery. He was referred to another charity but later got back in touch to thank the society for its help and say he had had a baby but it has not been disclosed whether the child is a boy or a girl.

The full circumstances of the British man are not known, but he is believed to have kept his womb in the sex change. 

There is a variety of ways in which he could have become pregnant.

The simplest involves producing and using his own eggs, having sex and conceiving and giving birth naturally.

At the other end of the scale are scenarios that involve donor eggs and sperm, hormone treatments, IVF and a caesarean section. 

It is thought by some that other babies may have already been born this way in Britain.

Pregnancy and fish oil

Taking Fish Oils During Pregnancy Can Protect Babies From Eczema

Scientists believe that omega 3 fatty acids passed on via the placenta affect the unborn baby’s immune system which protects against eczema.

The British Medical Journal has called for more research to see if fish oils protect against asthma and hay fever.

The current government recommendations are for pregnant women not to eat more than four portions of fish a week as high levels of mercury can be dangerous to the baby.

vitamin d alternative to ivf

Sunlight Boosts Fertility

The findings mean that some couples may be undergoing unnecessary and costly fertility treatment when spending time in the sun could be the answer.

For women, vitamin D helps boost levels of the female  sex hormones progesterone and oestrogen by 13 per cent and 21 per cent respectively, regulating menstrual cycles and making conception more likely.

Fathers-to-be increase their fertility by going into the sun, too – because vitamin D is essential for the healthy development of each sperm’s nucleus.

It also increases levels of the male sex hormone testosterone, improving a man’s libido, according to the review of several studies, published this week in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

The vitamin’s effect on both male and female sex hormones may explain why conception rates fall in the winter and peak in the summer in Northern European countries, say the researchers at the Medical University of Graz in Austria.

In their own study of nearly 2,300 men, they also found that levels of testosterone and vitamin D peaked in August and were lowest in March, just after the winter.

Women have been found to ovulate less – and their eggs have a reduced chance of implanting in the womb – in the winter months.

Fertility problems affect one in seven couples in the UK. In four out of ten cases, the difficulty lies with the male partner.

Scientists found the fertility of men and women increased after spending time in the sun which could mean some couples would not need to resort to IVF to conceive

Although vitamin D can be obtained in small quantities by eating oily fish, eggs and liver, about 80 per cent of the amount the body needs is obtained via a chemical process that happens when the UVB rays in sunlight are absorbed by the skin.

Those living in Britain tend to be particularly prone to having lower levels because there is so much cloud cover, even in summer.

Lead author Dr Elisabeth Lerchbaum stressed that while sunshine appears to improve fertility, it is important couples don’t overdo it because of the risk of skin cancer from over-exposure.

The findings are the latest good news about vitamin D. Recent research has found that it may also play a part in reducing cases of sudden infant death syndrome – and also cutting mental health problems in children.

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden Almost Died Giving Birth To A Daughter

The announcement of the birth was delayed by her family until her condition had stabilised yesterday afternoon.

A close friend said: ‘Amanda nearly died. It was a life threatening situation. There was a huge loss of blood.’

Miss Holden – who admitted herself to hospital on Monday morning – is expected to make a full recovery. The exact details of what caused her huge loss of blood have not been made public.

Hollie’s birth this week is believed to have come a month early.

Last night Holden was still believed to be in intensive care. Friends said they had no idea when she would be discharged from hospital.

Her husband, record company executive Chris Hughes, 38, decided yesterday afternoon that his wife was well enough for their baby’s birth to be announced.

Amanda had planned to have her baby following the first round of auditions for Britain’s Got Talent. However, her dash to hospital on Monday forced her to pull out of filming in Blackpool.

Sheree Has Another Girl

Sheree Murphy Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

Dolly is the couple’s third daughter, with older siblings Ruby, Matilda and son Taylor.

Sheree’s WAG friend Coleen Rooney was quick to congratulate her over Twitter. Coleen wrote: ‘Congratulations to you all!! So pleased for you! Take care, lots of love Coleen wayne and Kai x’

Sheree recently relocated to Australia to be with Harry after he signed to play with the Melbourne Victory football team.

Michelle Heaton Gives Birth To A Girl

Michelle Heaton Has Given Birth To A Girl

Writing on the social networking site, the Irish businessman wrote: ‘My beautiful wife @wonderwomanshel gave birth to our gorgeous baby girl ‘Faith Michelle Hanley’ yesterday morning. Circle of life is amazing.’

Despite playing doting mother to her newborn, the Liberty X star found time to retweet the message to her 60,000 followers.

Michelle, 31, was married once before to Andy Scott-Lee for two years; but the pair split in June 2008 without ever having children. Later that year she met Hugh and last July they said ‘I do’ in the Bahamas. 

Michelle’s good friend Katie Price will be Faith’s godmother; after she was asked to fulfill the special role last month at the baby shower.

Mother-of-three Katie took to her Twitter page to say: ‘I’m sooooo happy and over the moon that @wonderwomanshel and @hughhanley have asked me to be a godmother to there (sic) baby. Woo forever friends.’

Beyonce Has Given Birth To A Girl

Beyonce Has Given Birth To A Girl

Beyoncé’s 42-year-old rapper husband Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, was by her side during the birth, according to E! Online.


Ivy is in reference to the couple’s love of the number four – roman numeral for 4 is IV

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were married on April 4, 2008

Jay-Z’s birthday is December 4

Beyoncé’s birthday is September 4

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have matching IV tattoos on their wedding fingers

The singer’s latest album is called 4 which was her fourth solo studio album

Jay-Z has a trilogy of albums under The Blueprint banner which could have inspired his daughter’s name

He has released The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse and The Blueprint 3

A source told Beyoncé’s hometown newspaper Houston Chronicle that ‘mother and baby are doing fine’.

The baby’s middle name Ivy may be in reference to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s love of the number 4. They married on April 4, 2008, Beyoncé’s latest album is called 4 and the couple have matching tattoos of the roman numeral for 4 – IV – on their wedding fingers.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also born on September 4 and December 4 respectively.

Regarding Blue, Jay-Z has a trilogy of albums with the word in the title. The Blueprint was released in 2001 around the time he got together with Beyoncé, The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse came out in 2002 and The Blueprint 3 in 2009.

Despite initial confusion the baby was named Ivy Blue, E! reporter Ken Baker later clarified friends of the couple have confirmed the newborn was actually called Blue Ivy.