Jul 31, 2014

Pregnant women no longer warned to avoid onsen

by Mizuho Aoki

For the first time in 32 years, pregnant women can bathe in an onsen this summer without worrying about harming themselves or their unborn baby, according to a new government guideline. Under the new guideline adopted in July, the Environment Ministry removed pregnant women ...

Jun 3, 2014

Jikei to build special perinatal unit

by Mami Maruko

To address a shortage in medical care for mothers and babies in Tokyo, the Jikei University School of Medicine plans to build a new hospital complex by fiscal 2017 that will specialize in perinatal medicine and pediatrics. Among the 25 perinatal medical centers that ...

Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm delivery

Nov 23, 2013

Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm delivery

Pregnant women who are exposed to chemicals known as phthalates found in plastics, lotions and food packaging may face higher odds of giving birth prematurely, a U.S. study said Monday. The findings are important because prematurity is a leading cause of infant death around ...

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

Jun 26, 2013

Shin Shin the panda unlikely to be pregnant

by Masaaki Kameda

Shin Shin, the female giant panda at Ueno Zoo, is highly unlikely to be pregnant, officials at the Tokyo facility said Tuesday, saying she isn’t showing the conditions usually observed before pandas give birth. Shin Shin has been removed from public viewing since June ...

Apr 10, 2013

Rubella on the rise

Rubella, aka German measles, which can give rise to birth defects if it infects pregnant women, has become rampant in the Tokyo and Kansai regions.

Pregnant Kate gets 'Baby on Board' pin for London Tube

Mar 22, 2013

Pregnant Kate gets 'Baby on Board' pin for London Tube

Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine, was given a badge to help expectant mothers get a seat on the London Underground when she accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on a visit Wednesday to mark the train network’s 150th anniversary. The queen, who was fulfilling her first ...

Battling the postpartum blues

| Mar 3, 2013

Battling the postpartum blues

by Tomoko Otake

Maco Yoshioka is the founder of Madre Bonita, a nonprofit group that offers postpartum fitness programs for women using elastic exercise balls. Yoshioka, 40, who studied sports physiology at the University of Tokyo, says she became aware of physical and mental difficulties for new ...