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If you're trying to have a baby, or thinking about starting a family in a few years, you may want to start taking notes.

According to new research, your man should be chowing down on nuts (sorry boys) as they increase his sperm count. 

Researchers took 119 healthy males between the age of 18 and 35 and gave one group a portion of nuts whilst the other continued to eat as normal.

They found a 16 percent increase in sperm count from those who had the nuts.

Their sperm vitality also rose by 4 percent, sperm motility by 6 percent and sperm morphology by 1 percent.

The study was run in the Human Nutrition Unit of the Rovira i Virgili University in Spain, by lead author Dr Albert Salas-Huetos. 

Dr Albert says they embarked on the study in response to "pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet," which is impacting the quality and quantity of human sperm.

The results also concluded that those who ate nuts had a “significant” fall in sperm DNA fragmentation, which is crucial for successful fertilisation and normal embryo development.

Before you run out and stock up on the nuts and force-feed them to your partner, the author said more investigations need to take place before they can solidly conclude the benefits of the nuts when baby-making. 

“We can't yet say that based solely on the results of this study,” says Salas-Huetos.

During the 14-week study the men ate 60 grams of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts. 

Dr Albert did say that if you want to try for a baby, evidence points to a healthy diet aiding your chances of conception.

“But evidence is accumulating in the literature that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception – and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet," he said.

It's never too early to get his swimmers fighting fit!

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If you are unfamiliar with the term 'reproductive coercion', it's essentially when another person has more control over your reproductive health than yourself.

Hilary Freeman of The Guardian is now reporting that more women than imagined have no idea that reproductive coercion is a form of abuse.

Studies have revealed that a shocking one-in-four women who attend sexual health clinics report coercion over their reproductive lives, including 'contraceptive sabotage', such as covert condom removal.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, available evidence about the abusive behaviour needs to be updated to 2017 and widen the spectrum of activities involved to include familial pressure, criminal activity and exploitation within sex trafficking.

As well as not being able to choose contraceptives to use or take control of their own reproductive health, reproductive control takes the form of contraceptive sabotage, such as convert condom removal or needling a hole in a condom. 

Not being able to decide whether to start or continue a pregnancy is a major factor, research shows, and the concept of reproductive control (especially over women's autonomy) by others was first described in 2010.

Women's experience of interference with their autonomy goes back centuries, arguably, but research indicates that younger women are particularly vulnerable, as well as those in the black community and racial minorities.

The practice is scarily common, with women having decisions taken away from them by partners, exploiters or family, invalidating consent.

One-in-four women attending sexual healthcare clinics are reporting persuasive methods, emotional blackmail, threatened or actual infidelity and physical violence predominantly perpetrated by male partners but also criminal gangs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Other examples of contraceptive sabotage include; partners lying about having a vasectomy or sterilisation, refusing to wear condoms, forceful removal of condoms, not using the withdrawal method properly, piercing barrier contraceptives or throwing away contraceptive pills.

Condom removal during sex is referred to as 'stealthing', and is now classified as sexual assault. Spiking drinks or food to induce abortion also was mentioned as occurrences.

The consequences are often emotionally difficult to bear; unintended or unwanted pregnancy, higher abortion risk, higher STI rates and emergency contraceptive usage.

Women in violent, abusive relationships prove especially vulnerable to reproductive coercion, but many are unaware that they are being subjected to reproductive control.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The degree of control that a male partner can have will vary from mild to extreme. Milder amounts of control may not be perceived by the victim as unhealthy or abusive."

"Women in a long term relationship may become inured to significant levels of reproductive control," the study's authors write.

The study calls on healthcare professionals must play a crucial part in noticing and preventing this horrifically controlling behaviour.

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We are only really interested in a select few celebrity babies.

But it's guaranteed if Stacey and Joe were to create a mini-me, we would be obsessed with the baby human.

Although the 29-year-old has confessed that she's broody, we might be waiting for a Joe and Stacey creation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The presenter told Hello Magazine: "I don't want to put any more pressure on myself or Joe. I'll always be broody even if I don't have any more children! I love kids. I love my children. We're so grateful for the children we already have."

"We're so lucky to be in the position that we're in, so we're not in any hurry to have any more children or to put ourselves under any more pressure to have any more."

However, that doesn't mean that marriage is off the table and Christmas is only around the corner, *cough, cough, Joe*.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When asked if Joe could bend the knee during the festive season, she said: "I mean I'll take a ring any time of year! It doesn't even have to be an engagement ring. I love a bit of jewellery. I'm a magpie.

"No, I don't think we're in a hurry to get married either. We love the concept and the thought of having a day to celebrate our love for each other but neither of us is adamant that we have to get married." 

"It's a contract at the end of the day. It's whether you want to enter into that contract and we're really happy as we are and things are going really well. We just feel that if it's not broke," she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Even if babies and marriage are still up in the air for the couple, there is one certainty. 

The couple are looking forward to Joe's return from Australia where he is filming I'm A Celebrity, so they can finally live together properly. 

"I'm loving that Joe and I are together in this. I've never shared the responsibility of a house with somebody and I can't wait for him to get home so we can really start to live it together, which is really exciting for us," Stacey said.

It's safe to say that Joe and Stacey are one of our ultimate FAVE celeb couples, we are so excited to see what the future holds for them.

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The Duff gals have just reached cuteness overload wth their latest Instagram snap. 

Hilary, who has just welcomed  her second child and first daughter, Banks Violet, cosied up with her older sister Haylie for a family photo.

The 31-year-old smiled alongside her eldest child, six-year-old Luca as baby Banks grinned on her lap.

Next to her was older sister Haylie who had her five-month-old daughter Lulu Gray on her lap. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We got 3 out of the four littles pictured. No easy feat.

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Haylie has two kids, one of which was pictured, and the other is her three-year-old daughter, Ryan Ava Erhard, whom she has with her husband Matt Rosenberg. 

Hilary's first son Luca is from her previous marriage to Mike Comrie and baby Banks is from her relationship with boyfriend Matthew Koma. 

Hilary captioned the sweet shot, ''we got 3 out of the four littles pictured. No easy feat.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Night night world

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Her 10.4 million followers all seemed to be in love with the gorgeous photo.

One wrote, ''they are all so adorable'' while another said ''precious little angels'' followed by three love heart emojis.

One fan summed how we felt up by saying, ''can't get enough of these little babies!''

We hear you, what a special family – congratulations to the two sisters on their 2018 babies. 

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After recently revealing she is expecting her second child, Irish blogger Rosie Connolly has excitedly shared the news of baby number two's gender in a sweet video on Instagram.

Teasing followers as to whether she was expecting a boy or girl, Rosie shared a video alongside husband Paul and their son Harry. 

"Here we go…. It's a… " she captioned the video.

She then, along with help from son Harry, popped a balloon to excitedly reveal the little one’s gender.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It made for a gorgeous video; the mum and her family were clearly thrilled with the news that she is expecting a little girl.

She had revealed on her Instagram stories that she would be sharing news of the gender, saying: "I can't keep the news that long and you're like my extended family." 

Rosie hadn't known the gender herself until she popped the balloon hence the squeals of delight. 

Rosie and Paul had decided they wanted to wait to have another baby until after their wedding earlier this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She previously said, "We would love to have another baby- if it happens, it happens. Obviously, with our wedding in May we knew that we had to hold off a little."

This mum was over the moon at the news of her pregnancy, saying: "Even more happiness is on its way to us…2019 we’re ready for you."

We can't wait to see the beautiful new addition.

Congratulations to Rosie and all the family.  

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Ireland has a long history of babies being sadly separated from their birth mothers.

For Colleen Anderson, this is exactly what happened.

When she was just three years old, Colleen was taken from her mother by the church and put on a plane headed for Chicago to meet her new family.

Now 52-years-old, Colleen is desperate to be reunited with the family she never knew.

She has set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $1,500 so that she can come back to Ireland to meet her family and stay here. 

She was born August 4th, 1965, at Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea to a 16-year-old victim of rape, Josephine O'Brien.

Josephine was dealt the same fate as many other girls in the 1950's who found themselves pregnant and unmarried.

Anderson said, ''the way she was treated was a source of shame her entire life."

Sister Hildegarde McNulty arranged for the 3-year-old Colleen to go to McNulty's niece, Margaret, in north suburban Niles.

Her adoptive mother suffered from mental illness, and Colleen ''left home as soon as I was able."

Colleen did locate her birth mother in 1998 and flew to Dublin, but the meeting didn't go well. 

Her mother had gone on to have four other children and had, according to Colleen buried this piece of her past. 

Josephine passed away in 2009 and her  husband, Aidan, told his children about their unknown stepsister in America.

Today, Colleen is close to her half brother, Myles, and will visit him in his home in Florida this month.

Colleen explains on her GoFundme page that she is looking to renew her Irish passport, her green card, buy a plane ticket, and raise spare funds for living expenses. 

''I want to go home,'' she writes.

Hopefully, this might help her make that dream a reality. 

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Sam Faiers is a busy young mum, that's for sure.

The former The Only Way is Essex star is mum to two-year-old Baby Paul and nine-month-old Rosie with her partner Paul Knightley, who she has been with since 2014. 

When it comes to the pressure to snap back to her pre-baby body, Sam says she isn't fazed.

She told Now! magazine that being a mum to two small babies isn't easy.

''In the early stages it was like, ‘Wow, this is hard!’ But everything is kind of falling into place now,'' she says. 

 

My beautiful family

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When it comes to juggling the two of them, there has been a few tricky moments.

''When I was breastfeeding Rosie, I felt guilty because I didn't want Baby Paul to be left out. I think me and Paul just over compensated and that came down to my hormones. I was very emotional. Now Rosie’s bigger, it’s nice because they can play together!'' 

The Mummy Diaries star was open about what she's doing to get back in shape after having Rosie, though she's put herself under no pressure. 

''I started training three times a week with a personal trainer two months ago. When she’s on holiday I don’t really do anything because I find it really difficult to motivate myself, but I’m trying to get back into it. I like toning exercises, swimming and team sports.''

 

Thursdays my darlings

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As for having another baby? The 27-year-old definitely wants to expand her brood. 

''I'm going to wait until Baby Paul is in school because I think three under three would be too much, but I do want more,'' she says. 

We're sure any future babies will be just as gorgeous as Paul and Rosie. 

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While we may have an aging population, the Republic of Ireland’s birth rate is quite literally off the charts.

This is according to new statistics released this week by Eurostat, which reveal that Ireland had the highest birth rate of any member of the European Union last year.

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The new figures show that Ireland recorded 63,900 live births in 2016, which equates to 13.5 per every 1,000 inhabitants.

To put those figures into context, the average birth rate among European Union member states came in at 10 births per every 1,000 inhabitants – so we were head and shoulders above the average last year.

We also recorded the lowest death rates of 2016, sharing the position with our EU neighbour, Cyprus.

Overall, Ireland’s population is said to have increased by more than 50,000 last year, while a whopping 5.1 million babies were born throughout the European Union.

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Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has become a Dad for the second time.

The Real Madrid all-star player has shared the first photo of his newborn twins on social media.

Cristiano took to Twitter and Instagram to show off his precious bundles of joy, a little boy and girl.

The twins are rumoured to be called Eva and Mateo.

The photo shows the famous footballer reclining on a sofa while cradling a tiny baby in each arm.

'So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,' the talented sportsman captioned the post. 

 

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It’s believed the twins were born by a surrogate mother.

Cristiano became a dad for the first time in 2010, to a son, whom he named Cristiano Ronaldo Junior.

Congratulations to the footballer and hiss family!

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OK, we adore puppies and kittens as much as the next normal human, but there are some other really amazing baby animals out there who deserve recognition. 

Just because we can't own a platypus or a sloth does not mean we cannot enjoy them from afar. 

So, if you're sitting in on a dreary Saturday night, check these little cuties out:

Baby sloth

Can we have one? PLEASE though.

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Baby platypus

Wrinkly little babies!

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Baby meerkat

Look at that little grump face.

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Baby alpaca

It's SO fluffy!

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Baby hedgehog

I literally cannot begin to cope.

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Baby orangutan

We just want to friends with this smiley little fella. 

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Baby turtle

Nothing to see here, just a little turtle eating a strawberry.

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Baby koala

A real life teddy bear… CAN I HAVE HIM? 

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Baby flying squirrel

LOOK at those big eyes. 

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You're welcome.

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George and Amal Clooney have welcomed their twins, according to reports from the Associated Press.

The twins were born this morning, according to George Clooney’s publicist Stan Rosenfield.

The couple have had one boy and one girl, named Ella and Alexander.

 

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He told AP that the pair are both 'happy, healthy and doing fine.'

'George is sedated and should recover in a few days,' he joked.

The couple themselves have not commented on the birth, but hopefully we get a peek at the new twis very soon.

Congratulations to the couple!

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First dates are one of the most nerve-wracking things you can ever do.

Your palms are sweaty, your mind is going a mile-a-minute, and most of the time, it seems like you just can't relax.

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A million things run through your mind, such as: 'Does he think I'm weird?', 'Am I talking too fast?', and 'I hope I don't have spinach in my teeth!'

Unfortunately, none of us are mind-readers, but thanks to a Singles in America survey, it turns out some guys are thinking quite the opposite.

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Surprisingly, of those who were surveyed, two-thirds of men are actually thinking about… commitment on a first date.

Yep, and what's more, 27 percent of guys have already made their minds up about kids before they even go on a date with you.

Who knew?!

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