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PRETERM NEWBORNS '30-50% MORE LIKELY TO SURVIVE IN BUSY NEONATAL CENTERS'

In the UK, specialist neonatal units that treat a large volume of infants were found to have much greater survival rates than less busy units, a new study published in BMJ Open reports. Specifically, the research found that the chances of survival were 30% higher for babies born prematurely after 27-32 weeks of pregnancy, and 50% higher for babies born after less than 27 weeks of pregnancy.


15 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 15 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop. As with other earlier weeks, week 15 is no exception when it comes to making developmental strides. In addition to moving around like wild in your uterus, your baby is working on their ability to breathe, suck and swallow during this week.


21 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 21 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 21 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. These rapid changes are keeping your little one busy enough to need some sleep! Your baby is sleeping quite nicely at this point, getting about 12-14 hours of sleep per day.


OVARY REMOVAL LINKED WITH 62% REDUCTION IN BRCA1-RELATED BREAST CANCER DEATHS

A new study has found that removal of the ovaries is associated with a 62% reduction in deaths from breast cancer among breast cancer patients with the BRCA1 gene mutation. A 65% reduction in all-cause mortality was associated with oophorectomy. Women who carry either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a 70% likelihood of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, as well as high risks of second primary breast and ovarian cancers if they do develop breast cancer.


10 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 10 of your pregnancy, your baby is starting to look less like an alien and more like the cute little human that he or she will be by the time of birth. As with other earlier weeks, week 10 is no exception when it comes to rapid growth and huge developmental strides. In fact, during this time, because of the formation of your baby's vocal cords, he or she is able to make sounds - be prepared to hear quite a bit of that little voice around 4 am!


11 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 11 of your pregnancy, your baby is starting to look more like a baby - an actual human baby! As with other earlier weeks, week 11 is no exception when it comes to rapid growth and huge developmental strides. Your baby is not only busy growing but also moving around like a tiny acrobat. He or she is busy stretching and rolling around within your uterus.


12 EARLY SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT BE PREGNANT

Anyone who has been trying to conceive (TTC) knows that the two weeks between ovulation and the first day of your missed period is a long time to wait to confirm a pregnancy. Women can experience pregnancy symptoms soon after implantation occurs, which is between 8-14 days after ovulation. By 8 weeks of pregnancy, 90% of women will experience symptoms of pregnancy.


12 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 12 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems have practically all formed and will continue to grow and start functioning as your pregnancy goes on. 1 As with other earlier weeks, week 12 is no exception when it comes to rapid growth and huge developmental strides. In fact, in only 3 weeks, your little bundle of joy has nearly doubled in size!


13 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 13 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop. As with other earlier weeks, week 13 sees rapid growth and huge developmental strides. In addition to fetal growth and development, your placenta is growing and now weighs approximately 1 ounce. You can expect to have a 1-2 pound placenta when the baby is born.


14 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 14 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 14 is no exception. Your baby's body isn't the only thing growing these days. He or she is growing a fine coating of hair called lanugo that keeps your little one warm and toasty.


15 MILLION UNWANTED PREGNANCIES' CREATED BY LOW CONTRACEPTION IN 35 POORER COUNTRIES

Not using modern contraception properly or relying on traditional methods such as "withdrawal" and "fertility awareness" are the reasons behind the vast majority of the 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies that are conceived across a third of the world's population, according to epidemiologists at the World Health Organization.


16 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 16 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop. As with other earlier weeks, week 16 is no exception when it comes to making developmental strides. During this time, due to increased muscle development, your baby is making facial expressions and, despite their eyelids remaining closed, there is eye movement and perception of light.


18 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 18 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop. As with other earlier weeks, week 18 is no exception when it comes to making developmental strides You might be the tired one but your baby is the one yawning! He or she is also likely keeping you up with a few jabs, nabs and kicks.


19 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 19 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop and as with other earlier weeks, week 19 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. During this time, your little one is moving significantly and is also covered in vernix, a cheesy film consisting of lanugo (fine hair), oils and dead skin cells.


20 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 20 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop and as with other earlier weeks, week 20 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. At this point (between 18-22 weeks), if curiosity has the best of you, there is the chance that during an ultrasound you can find out if your little baby is a boy or a girl!


22 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

During week 22 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop and as with other earlier weeks, week 22 is no exception. During week 22, your baby's grip is growing stronger; just wait until he/she grasps your finger for the first time! 1 This womenhealthsecret.com Knowledge Center feature is part of a series of articles on pregnancy.


23 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

In week 23 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 23 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. During week 23, your baby is about the size of a papaya and filling out rather nicely; you can expect your little one to nearly double his or her weight over the next 4 or so weeks.


24 WEEKS PREGNANT: YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK

In week 24 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 24 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. During week 24, your baby's reflexes are improving and he or she has a fully formed adorable little face. 1,2 This womenhealthsecret.com Knowledge Center feature is part of a series of articles on pregnancy.


CDC: 10% OF PREGNANT WOMEN DRINK ALCOHOL

Significant numbers of mothers-to-be are not only consuming alcohol but also binge drinking, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report reveals 10% of pregnant women in the US admit to drinking alcohol, and 30% of these women binge drink. Published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the figures are based on a nationwide survey carried out using the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), for which data collected via landline and cellphone surveys.


10 MOST COMMON BIRTH CONTROL PILL SIDE EFFECTS

The oral contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as "the pill," is a form of hormonal contraception taken by approximately 12 million women in the US each year to prevent pregnancy. 1 The pill is a highly effective method of birth control when taken correctly (at the same time daily), with only 0.1% of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP); around 1 in 100 women taking the pill experience an unintended pregnancy in the first year of pill use.