World first – baby carried by two mothers
In a world first, a baby has been ‘carried’ by two mothers.
The process which is similar to IVF, involves fertilising eggs with sperm in a lab, incubating them, and transferring the resulting embryos into the uterus. Through this, an American same-sex couple has been able to share the experience of carrying their baby.
“… I think any contribution is awesome.” says Dr Joe.
Not something that is currently available in Australia, however, Dr Joseph Sgroi says “I think it’s technology that we’d no doubt investigates for the future,”
Meghans baby destined to ace A Levels.
A big congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their pregnancy news.
There has been a lot of questions, especially around Meghan’s age… as the average age around the world for first-time mums is 30.
FACT: Did you know that babies born to mothers older than the age of 35 have better neuro-developmental outcomes…
Shortage of donor eggs
Why women are heading overseas for donor eggs.
We have a very limited access to a registry of women who donate their eggs in Australia and with almost 1200 women currently accessing donor sperm each year, we need a well-regulated egg bank here in Australia also.
View the Nine News clip below:
Women aged 40 and IVF.
Dr Joe Sgroi with IVF baby Rudy Opray Stewart discussing all things IVF for women over 40. Genetic screening of embryos has improved the chances of older women becoming pregnant.
“Women are delaying pregnancy these days until they feel financially, emotionally, physically and socially ready…”
Recent research into taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy.
New studies have shown that women who take fish oil supplements or eat plenty of oily fish during the second half of pregnancy are more likely to have stronger babies. Dr Joseph Sgroi speaks to Channel 7 about the studies.
Ectopic Pregnancy – everything you need to know
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the uterus. In a normal pregnancy, a fertilised egg would travel through the fallopian tube before implanting in the uterus.
“Imagine you’ve got a pipe and you’re running balls down that pipe, but then imagine if, in that pipe, you have a little bit of rust deposit – now when you try to run this ball through the pipe, it gets stuck, so it stays there. If for whatever reason there’s scarring [in the tube], and the embryo gets stuck, then obviously it can continue to grow there.” says Dr Joseph Sgroi – obstetrician, fertility specialist and gynaecologist.
Unwelcome side effects of pregnancy
Dr Joseph Sgroi tells Mamamia that while it’s very common for women to experience increased hair growth during pregnancy, along with thicker hair on your head, “it’s often an unwelcome side effect when hair appears on your tummy, bottom, nipples or face.”
He also confirmed that pregnancy hormones can make hair return, even after laser hair removal.
Coffee during breastfeeding pregnancy and beyond
You can still get your daily caffeine fix when you’re pregnant, just in moderation. One or two cups per two day is perfectly safe for both mum and bub.
A regular sized latte or a long black stays within the recommended 200mg per day, with a single coffee shot containing around 80-90mg, says Dr Joseph Sgroi
Moderate alcohol consumption improves male fertility, study finds
“For men, the recommended guidelines for alcohol consumption are more relaxed than they are for women when trying to conceive,” he says. Although Dr Joseph Sgroi is quick to point out this doesn’t mean carte blanche for men.
“This isn’t reason for fellas to book a regular night out at the pub to boost their fertility,” he states. “It is important to note that the subjects of this recent study self-reported their own alcohol intake which is a limitation of the research data, so more research is needed to know what the impact really is.”