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Bleeding During Pregnancy

Bleeding during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester, and usually it's no cause for alarm. But because bleeding can sometimes be a sign of something serious, it's important to know the possible causes, and get checked out by your doctor to make sure you and your baby are healthy. Bleeding in the First TrimesterAbout 20% of women have some bleeding during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Possible causes of first trimester bleeding include: Implantation bleeding. You may experience some normal spotting within the first six to 12 days after you conceive as the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus. Some women don't realize they are pregnant because they mistake this bleeding for a light period. Usually the bleeding is very light and lasts from a few hours to a few days. Miscarriage. Because miscarriage is most common during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, it tends to be one of the biggest concerns with first trimester bleeding. However…


Every newspaper, website and news channels, announced in detail that single Bollywood director, Karan johar, had become a father  to twins born through a surrogate.  Johar has recently been in the news for his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy, in which he categorically states that he doesn’t discuss his sexual orientation, because it (the orientation, not a discussion of the same) is considered a crime in India. To quote, “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out…And if I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.” The chapter, Love & Sex, spells out the fact that he is gay and not interested in it becoming a topic of discussion for the media. Dostana was the first mainstream Indian film with a gay element and has been credited for exploring a topic largely ignored by most of the Indian population. The film was released on 14 November 2008 to positive reviews, and was produced by kara…

There was no stopping pregnant Kareena

Kareena Kapoor, the prominent Bollywood star showed the way to many working women by continuing to work even during her pregnancy days. Her decision of not to back down during her pregnancy days, has made her an inspiration for many modern-day working women.
During her pregnancy days she continued working and managed her hectic schedules like she used to do earlier. She looked radiant and was in the pink of her health. It was not just the pregnancy glow but there was something more. At 36, pregnant Kareena Kapoor Khan continued to be one of the most sought after actresses of Bollywood. Recently, she went candid about her enriching experience and some of the age-old myths linked to pregnancy and the associated diet.
Kareena, the gorgeous mom-to-be and the leading nutrition and wellness expert Rujuta Diwekar (who is not only her dietitian but also a friend ) held a live Facebook chat where they discussed healthy eating, pregnancy cravings and much more.
In the interview Kareena said : …

Sperm Count dropping in men, says worldwide study

The latest scientific surveys and studies indicate that sperm count in men of the developed world, especially North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, have dropped substantially over the years. According to the researchers, in less than 40 years, collective sperm count among western men has declined more than 50%. Sperm count is regarded as a major indication of male fertility.
The new study indicates that men’s sperm counts are on a  continued decline. “The results are indeed very profound, and even shocking,” says researcher Dr. Hagai Levine, head of the environmental health track at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine in Jerusalem. Eventhough the study is not the first to arrive upon such a finding, the researchers say it’s the first ever meta-analysis on the subject. The new findings have limitations—they don't include men from non-Western countries, for one—but the researchers say the study adds to a growing body of resea…

IVF: Long-Term Side Effects on Children

In the United States, the rate of babies being conceived through In vitro fertilization (IVF) is on the rise as per latest studies and medical reports. The assisted reproductive technique, in which eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory and the resultant embryo is placed in a woman's uterus, saw 2,000 more babies born in 2013 than in the previous year. Around 175,000 In vitro fertilization procedures resulted in the birth of more than 63,000 babies; in 2012 it was slightly fewer than 62,000 babies from 165,000 IVF attempts, as per the analysis of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The Society also adds that around 1.5 percent of children born each year in the United States are conceived by some form of fertility treatment. IVF being a complex and expensive procedure that costs around $12,400 in the United States, it is requested by only around 5 percent of infertile couples. But it has still resulted in more than 200,000 babies since its introduction in the U.S. …