Never before have Norwegian women given birth to so few children
In Northern Norway the number of births per 1000 women declined by nearly 5 per cent.
Pregnant women who use the oral medication flucanozole against fungal infections run a higher risk of spontaneous abortions. But fortunately, this medication for treating vaginal yeast problems does not raise risks of stillbirths or deaths among new-born infants, according to a large Swedish-Norwegian study.
Women with bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are more likely to have small or premature babies. But pregnant women who restricted themselves to traditional Norwegian foods had less risk of these outcomes than women with extremely healthy diets and those who had unhealthy diets.
An new study shows that whopping 69 percent of Russian women use herbal medicines during their pregnancies, as compared to 17 percent in Norway. The study also shows that pregnant women don't always tell their doctors about their use of these medicines - but should.
New research suggests that assisted conception techniques that are used when a father is infertile slightly increase the risk that the child will be born with a mental disability. One prominent fertility researcher is sceptical of this finding.