As those of us who have seen the movie “Juno” can attest, teenagers do not make good dads. Now researchers have discovered that they are also likely to have unhealthy babies. While it’s obvious why this might be true with teenaged mothers (because they don?t get the right kind of prenatal care), BBC News reports that the researchers who discovered this don’t know why teenaged fathers have the same effect on their babies. They speculate that they may have less money to support the child and may also offer less emotional support to the mother, which would in turn impact the baby’s health.
Most teens don’t want to get pregnant, but older women who are trying to conceive using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) should consider acupuncture. According to BBC News, “Dutch and US research?found for every 10 IVF cycles with acupuncture, there would be one extra pregnancy.” Researcher Edzard Ernst thinks the reason may be that acupuncture relieves stress. BBC quotes him as saying, “If women expect it to be helpful they are more relaxed which, in turn, would affect pregnancy rates.”
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