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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.

Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Pregnant Women With Breast Cancer Can Receive Treatment AND Give Birth Safely

In the UK, 5,000 women of reproductive age are affected by breast cancer every year and of all cases diagnosed in women aged 30 or under, 10 to 20 per cent take place during pregnancy or in the first year after a birth.

Breast cancer in pregnant women is generally diagnosed later than usual because symptoms are obscured by expected changes to the body such as an increase in cup-size.

The new report has said chemotherapy could be safely given in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and, in general, surgery was safe during any of the three trimesters. In most cases, radiotherapy only became necessary after the birth, and it was not considered a reason to deliver a baby early.

A study in The Lancet Oncology backed up the claims, saying children exposed to chemotherapy in the womb developed just as well as those born to healthy women. 

Current guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists agree that breast cancer does not appear to worsen the prognosis for women diagnosed in pregnancy and that surgery, including mastectomy, can be considered in all trimesters.

While chemotherapy is not recommended in the first trimester because of a higher risk of harm to the baby, it is considered safe from the second trimester.


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Pregnant Women With Diabetes Could Be More Likely To Have Babies With Defects

Around one in 13 babies born to a woman with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is affected by a major birth defect, such as heart disease and spina bifida which compares with a risk of one in 50 for women without diabetes, but they have stressed that the majority of pregnancies in women with diabetes did not involve a birth defect.

Doctors at the charity Diabetes UK, which funded the study, are urging women with diabetes who want to start a family to take advice about getting good glucose control first to minimise the risk.

Researcher Ruth Bell told the journal Diabetologia: ‘The good news is that, with expert help before and during pregnancy, most women with diabetes will have a healthy baby. The risk of problems can be reduced by taking extra care to have the best possible glucose control before becoming pregnant.’

‘Any reduction in high glucose levels is likely to improve the chances of a healthy baby.

Birth defects include congenital heart disease and defects of the nervous system such as spina bifida. Many can be treated but some result in stillbirth or pregnancy loss or ongoing health problems.

It is worth noting, though, that the study did not look at women who developed diabetes – gestational diabetes – during pregnancy.

Peaches Geldof Has A Boy

Peaches Geldof Is Having Her First Baby

Peaches met Thomas four years ago and they announced their engagement on December 11.

She was previously married to musician Max Drummey and they tied the knot in secret in a drive-in ceremony in Las Vegas after a 10-day romance. But their marriage ended in divorce after just six months in 2009 and she recently insisted she was in no rush to tie the knot with Thomas just yet.

She said: ‘We first met four years ago and we bumped into each other last Christmas (2009) on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, London, and started dating again – and that’s also where he asked me. It was romantic. I’m really happy. But we don’t want to get married for a couple of years yet.’

Alyson Hannigan Gives Birth

Alyson Hannigan Is Pregnant With Her Second Child

The Buffy the Vampire Star was photographed at the Malibu Chili Cook-Off  with husband Alexis Denisof and their two-year-old daughter, Satyana, wearing a loose-fitting top over a swollen tummy.

‘NO, I’m not pregnant!’ Hannigan tweeted the following day. ‘I just ate too much carnival food, that time of the month, hurt my back & couldn’t suck my gut in, and need to do cardio!’

She added of her less-than-flattering look: ‘And I’m NEVER gonna wear that shirt again!!!’

The good-natured star even admitted: ‘I do LOOK pregnant in that photo!

The actress did look slimmer in the following weeks and even teased photographers by grabbing her belly and talking to it.

But the source told US Weekly: ‘She’s been wearing baggy clothes to cover the baby bump.’ 

Thankfully, Hannigan won’t have to hide her belly on her hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as her character, Lily, is also currently expecting.

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Pregnant Women And New Mothers More Likely To Get Tuberculosis

The researchers from the Health Protection Agency warned midwives and GPs to look out for the symptoms of TB because it can be fatal if not treated.

Their study – published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine – examined the medical records of more than 190,000 women over 12 years.

They found the rate of TB among pregnant women or those who had given birth within the past six months was 15.4 per 100,000 compared with 9.1 per 100,000 among the general population.

They believe pregnancy may weaken a woman’s immune system, making her more susceptible to respiratory illnesses.

Experts suspect one reason the rates have recently increased is because of the higher numbers of immigrants coming to the UK from parts of Africa and Asia, where it is very widespread.

The illness is caused by bacteria that infect the lungs. Symptoms include cough, fever, tiredness, lack of appetite and weight loss.

Kourtney Has Given birth

Kourtney Kardashian Is Pregnant With Her Second Child

In a statement to E! Kourtney said: ‘Scott and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our second child and are thrilled to be expanding the love in our family.’

Kourtney first revealed the news to this week’s issue of Us Weekly.

The older sister of Kim and Khloé told how she woke partner Scott up at seven o’clock after taking a positive pregnancy test to share the news.

And Kourtney was so excited, she couldn’t wait the traditional amount of time before sharing it with the world.

‘Now I’m nine weeks along,’ she told the magazine. ‘You’re supposed to wait 12 weeks to tell people, but I feel confident.’

In an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in July, Kourtney was seen clashing with mother Kris Jenner after she mentioned that she and Scott were considering trying for another baby.

While their first child Mason was a happy surprise, the family matriarch is adamant that the couple should be married before thinking about expanding their family.

In the episode, Kourtney is insistent that she will marry if and when she chooses, and admits the reason she is hesitant to walk down the aisle is because she doesn’t want her children to go through a parents’ divorce they way she did as a child.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Pregnant

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Expecting Her Second Child

A source told Life & Style magazine: ‘Over Thanksgiving weekend, Maggie was telling friends that she’s six months pregnant. Her bump is so big. She’s thrilled to be pregnant! She and Peter have wanted another child for a while. They’re very happy that they’ll have another baby in the house soon.’

While a spokesperson for the actress confirmed the news to Us Weekly a representative was unavailable for further comment earlier today.

Rumours of a second baby on the way were sparked last month as Maggie stepped out to promote her new film Hysteria.

While attending the film’s premieres Maggie opted for loose fitting ensembles but the white dress she wore to the Rome Film Festival appeared to outline the beginnings of a baby bump.