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Mothers In Early 30s Have Lowest Premature Birth Risk, Study Finds



Women in their early thirties have a 1% chance of early birth, with the risk rising to 1.2% for those over 40, analysis shows

Mothers in their early 30s have the lowest chance of having a premature baby, new research has found, with the risk rising significantly once the mother passes 40.

Records of more than 165,000 pregnant women were analysed, showing that the likelihood of having a baby more than three weeks early among women aged over 40 was 20% higher than those in their early 30s. However, the actual risk remained low, increasing from 1% to 1.2%.

There was also a slightly higher risk for women under 30, thought to be related to higher rates of drug use and smoking, and the fact mothers were likely to be in their first pregnancy.

Babies are considered premature when they are born before 37 weeks, with the NHS saying about 8% of babies fall into this category.

The study, published in the journal Plos One, also confirmed previously identified direct links between rising age and increasing risks of pregnancy-related diabetes, high blood pressure and other complications.

Globally there has been a steady increase in women over the age of 40 giving birth.
Source: Guardian


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SHE DECIDES: Campaign To Fight Abortion, Gender Based Violence



Uganda youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF) has revitalized a self-belief campaign for females dubbed “She Decides” running under the theme, Stand Up, Speak Out-Take Action, geared towards empowering females to always demand for their rights.

According to Praise Mwesiga, the communications and advocacy officer (UYAHF), a big percentage of Ugandan women and girls have for so long been violated and deprived of their rights by mostly men in their respective societies which act has greatly impacted negatively on their lives.

Ekel Fiona, a peer educator and Kukundakwe Annah the programme officer partnership and policy advocacy confirmed that women and girls are standing up to speak out on violations and oppression that millions of women and girls in Uganda face which range from teenage pregnancies, early child marriages, sexual and gender based violence, unsafe abortion complication among other violations and alot needs to be done for their cry to be heard by members of the society hence the revitalization of this campaign.

The campaign’s target is to reach out to millions of Ugandans both male and female for effective adherence. This campaign is not only running in Uganda but almost every African country and the main base is in South Africa though the launch of this kind is the first in Africa and was done in Uganda because according to statistics, Uganda has the biggest number of violated girls and females .


By Mboowa Nathan


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How Your Baby’s Movement Changes Through Pregnancy – And The Signs



Some babies kick more than others. If a baby moves their body for longer than a few seconds, or kicks a limb out repeatedly for more than seven, you’re more likely to notice. So it’s down to how active a baby is, and every one is different.

Another factor is whether your baby is facing the front or back. Some have their spine at the front of your bump (anterior position), others mean the placenta is at the front of your bump (anterior placenta).

But all babies move around as they grow. And as pregnancy shifts towards birth, movement changes in the womb. As time goes on and your baby grows, they’ll shift and squeeze for space. Later, they’ll calm down and settle as they ready themselves for the big push.

Your baby’s movements through your pregnancy explained..

It’s important to be aware of the regular pattern of baby kicks and bumps – they’re signs your baby is doing well. This list has been put together by Babycentre , and shows the gradual change as time goes on. Again, everyone’s different and this isn’t a rigid structure, but is a general guide:

16 weeks to 19 weeks
You’ll start to notice faint and fluttery feelings during this period. A gentle bubbling sensations might also arrive. If it’s your first pregnancy, it might take longer to notice.

20 weeks to 23 weeks
Gentle kicks and repetitive jerking may start to happen – especially if your baby gets hiccups! These will gradually increase and become stronger. Movement might depend on time of day, with more kicking in the evening, for example.

24 weeks to 28 weeks

The amniotic sac now contains up to 750ml (26fl oz) of fluid, which gives your baby plenty of space to move around in freely. Limb flailing might be a little punchy, while sudden noises could even cause your baby to jump.

29 weeks to 31 weeks
During this time babies tend to start making smaller, sharper, and more definite movements. Their limbs are more fully developed. You could start feeling pushes as your little one gets a bit cramped in your womb.

32 weeks to 35 weeks
This might be the most exciting time for feeling your baby inside you. The frequency of moving around increases, but could be slower and more sustained. Your baby doesn’t have much space. It will all feel harder and more rigid.

36 weeks to 40 weeks
The wriggling is coming to an end and your baby should be going into their final head-down position. The muscles of your womb should be starting to push everything down in preparation.

If this is your first baby, he will probably take up his final head-down position at around 36 weeks, if he hasn’t already. The firm muscles of your womb and tummy will help to keep him in place.

Not all babies come out in the optimum position, but if so, it’ll probably feel like there’s a melon pressing down on your pelvic floor. Of course, these days breech births can usually be reversed.

It might sound obvious, but as your due date comes closer – or even passes – your baby will be getting bigger all the time. They’ll be much stronger, and moving around, knowing it’s time to leave the confines of your womb. “It’s normal to notice a change in the types of movement you feel in late pregnancy,” Babycentre says. “But you should still be feeling your baby move right up until, and even during labour itself.

“Rather than counting your baby’s kicks, it’s better to pay attention to your baby’s pattern of movements so that you know what’s normal. If you’ve noticed that your baby is moving less than usual, or you are at all worried about your baby, call your midwife. She can listen to your baby’s heartbeat to check that all is well.”

And remember – there’ll always be times where your baby is asleep, or just relaxing. What’s more, their pattern of activity will be random until day and night is determined.


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BEDROOM TALK STUDY: How Long Should Sex Last? Study Reveals The Average Duration Of A Sex Session



An African American couple having a nice time Picture: Dissolve

You’d be forgiven for thinking that we humans do nothing but talk about sex.

But even when us amorous apes actually stop doing the jaw-jaw and get down to business, there’s still one question haunting our horny brains: just how long should sex last?
Whilst if you’re an inexperienced spotty teenager, you’ll probably be delighted if the time taken to complete a dirty deed matches the duration of an average Ariana Grande tune.

Now science has weighed in (again) to tell the world exactly how much time they should be spending in the act of physical love: 5.4 minutes.

“If you’re a non-scientist, you might have once asked yourself, propped against the bedhead after disappointingly quick intercourse, how long does sex ‘normally’ last?” Dr Brendan Zietsch from the University of Queensland wrote in The Conversation .

“A scientist, though, would phrase the same question in an almost comically obscure way: What is the mean intravaginal ejaculation latency time?

“I know there’s a lot more to sex than putting the penis into the vagina and ejaculating, but the rest is not always easy to define (kissing? rubbing? grinding?).

“To keep things simple and specific, we’ll just focus on the time to ejaculation.”

Dr Brendan Zietsch recounted a study in which 500 couples were armed with a stopwatch and asked to press the button (of the clock) when the unspeakable act begun and then tap it again when the man experiences his magical moment.

“That is as practically awkward as it sounds: participants pressed ‘start’ at penile penetration and ‘stop’ at ejaculation,” he added.

“You may note this could affect the mood somewhat, and might perhaps not exactly reflect the natural flow of things.

“But science is rarely perfect, and this is the best we’ve got.”

This study found that sexy time lasts anywhere between 33 seconds and 44 minutes, with the median time coming in at 5.4 minutes.

Interestingly, the research also explores “conventional wisdom regarding penile sensitivity and its relationship to staying power in the sack”.

Older men weren’t able to last longer than young ones, while wearing a condom or being circumcised didn’t boost chaps’ performance either.

“Another surprising finding was that the older the couple, the shorter the sex, contrary to the prevailing wisdom (probably peddled by older men),” Zietsch continued.


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