Size 8, come read this! Having more than two kids can damage a mother’s health

Raising a child is no easy task, a study found mothers who delivered more than two kids significantly increased chances of damage to their health.

According to the study the more children a woman has, the greater the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, according to a study led by Cambridge University.

Those with five or more children were 40 per cent more likely to have a serious heart attack in the next 30 years compared to women with one or two children.

A stressed out mum

This comes at a time when local actress Jacky Vike known to many as Awinja is celebrating her son’s birthday, she admitted that being a mother is not easy but it is the best thing ever.

Gospel artiste Size 8 reborn is also, among Kenyan celebrities who had complications during pregnancy having to be hospitalized on a few occasions, she is now a proud mother of a beautiful daughter Ladasha Wambui.

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Pregnancy and labour put strain on the heart, while children are stressful and stop mothers looking after themselves properly, the researchers suggest.

Cambridge’s Dr Clare Oliver-Williams, who led the research, said: ‘We know that pregnancy and childbirth put a tremendous strain on the heart, and raising children can be very stressful too.

‘We don’t want to add to the stress people have in their everyday lives but equip them with the knowledge to do something about it.’

Scientists from Cambridge and North Carolina studied data from more than 8,000 women from the United States, who were aged between 45 and 64.

Pregnancy and labour put strain on the heart

Having five or more children was also associated with a 30 per cent increased risk of heart disease, the major cause of heart attacks. They were a quarter (25 per cent) more likely to have a stroke and almost a sixth (17 per cent) more likely to have heart failure than mothers of one or two.

The researchers found women who had between three and four children were more likely to have serious health implications, but the most significant increase was in those with five or more.

Women who have had miscarriages were found to have a 60 per cent greater risk of heart disease and were 45 per cent more likely to go on to have heart failure.

But this is likely to be the result of underlying health problems that increase the chances of pregnancy loss, the researchers said.

Unlike previous studies which suggested breastfeeding helped protect against cardiovascular disease, it found this did not have an impact on the heart health of mothers.

The researchers found women who had between three and four children were more likely to have serious health implications, but the most significant increase was in those with five or more.

Women who have had miscarriages were found to have a 60 per cent greater risk of heart disease and were 45 per cent more likely to go on to have heart failure.

A pregnant woman visiting her doctor

But this is likely to be the result of underlying health problems that increase the chances of pregnancy loss, the researchers said.

Unlike previous studies which suggested breastfeeding helped protect against cardiovascular disease, it found this did not have an impact on the heart health of mothers.

In Britain, 3.5million women are living with cardiovascular disease – the same number as men. According to the British Heart Foundation, heart and circulatory disease causes more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, around 160,000 each year.

It is hoped the findings will help to identify those more at risk to take preventative action.

Dr Oliver-Williams said: ‘The number of children a woman has had is an easy sign of whether a woman is at greater risk.

‘We all know it’s hard to take care of your health when you have children, but hopefully this research can help show how important it is and, perhaps, having children can provide some extra motivation.’

The research will be presented today at the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester.

Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation which funded the study, said: ‘While it’s perhaps not surprising that having more children can mean that mums have less time to look after their own health, this research brings home just how important it is for everyone to keep an eye on their heart health, particularly busy parents.

‘Research like this reminds us that – regardless of the stereotype of the overweight, middle-aged man having a heart attack – heart disease strikes men and women alike. As the major cause of heart attacks and strokes, heart disease cruelly tears families apart.’

Man United end Cambridge’s FA Cup adventure

Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and James Wilson’s goals gave Manchester United a comfortable 3-0 home win over fourth-tier minnows Cambridge United in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday.

United, fielding a side that cost £231 million ($350.4 million, 305.2 million euros) to assemble, survived an early scare against a Cambridge line-up that had not cost a single pound when Tom Elliott shot against the post in the first minute.

But first-half goals from Mata and Rojo put Louis van Gaal’s side in control before Wilson added a third to rubber-stamp a win that sets up a fifth-round trip to Preston North End, who beat Sheffield United 3-1.

“We have done what we had to,” United manager Van Gaal told the BBC.

“For the club, the fans and the coach and my staff, we want to win a title this year. The biggest chance is the FA Cup, but we still have to win four games to do that.”

Elliott found himself clean through on goal with just 45 seconds on the clock after an error by Daley Blind, who played the ball directly through to the former Leeds United trainee.

Elliott showed poise to steady himself and advance, but could only steer the ball against the right-hand post as diving United goalkeeper David de Gea looked on aghast.

It was hard not to imagine that would be Cambridge’s best chance and although the hosts had started slowly, they took a 25th-minute lead through Mata.

Angel di Maria’s left-wing cross was headed down at the back post by Marouane Fellaini and Mata was on hand to flick the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Seven minutes later, Rojo made it 2-0 after Fellaini’s shot was blocked and the rebound spun kindly for Robin van Persie.

The Dutch international chipped in a cross for Rojo, who made no mistake with a strong header from six yards out to claim his first goal for the club since joining from Sporting Lisbon last year.

– Sunderland survive Fulham scare –

Either side of that second goal, Paddy McNair’s ferocious drive had been deflected wide and a 20-yard strike from Di Maria had sailed just over.

But their League Two opponents refused to be over-awed by the occasion and their 6,500 supporters, many of whom had been stranded in a motorway traffic jam, forcing the kick-off to be delayed by 20 minutes, remained in defiant voice.

The replay generated an estimated £1 million for Cambridge, which chairman Dave Doggett mischievously suggested would be invested in new lavatories at their Abbey Stadium home, scene of the 0-0 draw in the teams’ first encounter.

But they had Old Trafford experience in their ranks in the shape of former United winger Luke Chadwick and showed their desire to make a game of it when Ryan Donaldson shot wide before the interval.

The second half quickly settled into a pattern of relentless United attacks as the Premier League’s third-place side coasted towards the fifth round.

Van Persie spurned four decent chances, while Cambridge goalkeeper Chris Dunn saved from Wayne Rooney and Di Maria, before substitute Wilson found the bottom-right corner in the 73rd minute to seal victory.

“I was really pleased with them second half,” said Cambridge manager Richard Money.

“I said at half-time: ‘What’s the worst that can happen? You get battered? But so what? So go and show what you can do.'”

Sheffield United, who recently lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup semi-finals, took a 38th-minute lead at home to Preston through Jamie Murphy’s low shot.

But Preston scored three times in 10 second-half minutes, with Paul Gallagher claiming a brace and Paul Huntington also finding the net, to earn themselves a glamour tie with Van Gaal’s side.

In the night’s other game, Sunderland came from behind to win 3-1 at second-tier Fulham, setting up a fifth-round trip to third-division Bradford City, conquerors of Chelsea in round four.

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Sweaty basketball star LeBron James breached protocol by putting his arm around Kate’s shoulder

Basketball player LeBron James may have scored a slam dunk for his photo album, but he put himself in danger of being struck off the royal Christmas card list by putting his arm around the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince William and Kate posed with the star Cleveland Cavaliers player in New York Monday after a game with the Brooklyn Nets, where they were presented with a shirt for Prince George.

But as the camera flashes went off, Mr James put his arm around the Duchess’ shoulder – a breach in etiquette, even though he is known as King James.

The eyebrow-raising moment followed the royal couple meeting pop royalty Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z – and Prince William visiting the White House for a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Kate and William reveal royal baby number two is due in April next year

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming their second baby in April 2015, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

Kate’s pregnancy was announced last month but the due date had not been released until now.

In a statement, the palace said the 32-year-old Duchess, who is around fourteen weeks pregnant, continued to suffer from extreme morning sickness but her condition was ‘steadily improving’

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