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The monthly mood swings experienced by many women may serve an evolutionary purpose, researchers say, by helping to get them pregnant.


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Millions of children die needlessly each year from preventable genetic disease. Protect your baby from 100+ diseases with a simple saliva test, even before pregnancy.
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It is 50 years since the pill was first approved as a contraceptive, finally divorcing sex from pregnancy.


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Some commuters don't give up their seats for pregnant women because they fear offending someone who is just overweight, it has emerged. Here, expectant mothers give tips on how to tell the difference.


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Brain connections are not fully formed, and the environment of the womb creates a state of induced sleep, like unconsciousness.


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A study of women at a Belgian clinic found half wanted to freeze their eggs to take the pressure off finding a partner.


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Endorphins ("endogenous morphine") are endogenous opioid peptides that function as neurotransmitters. They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise, excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm, and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.
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Teenage pregnancy is "contagious" between sisters, researchers in the UK and Norway have claimed. A study of more than 42,000 Norwegian teenage girls suggested they were more likely to become pregnant if their older sister had a baby as a teenager. The effect was greatest when the sisters were of a similar age or from a poorer background.


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A mother's stress can spread to her baby in the womb and may cause a lasting effect. ... It would appear that babies who get signals from their mum that they are being born into a dangerous world are faster responders. They have a lower threshold for stress and seem to be more sensitive to it.


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