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Flame retardant exposure during pregnancy lowers IQ in children

11/13/2014 - Children exposed to flame retardant chemicals in the womb are more likely to suffer from hyperactivity and to have a low IQ at the age of five, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Persistent pollutants The study focused specifically on the class of flame...

Harmful blood thinner injection prescribed to many pregnant women found to be ineffective

8/5/2014 - Since the 1990s, under the advice of their physicians, one in 10 pregnant women have been painfully injecting themselves in the stomach with a needle containing anticoagulant medicine that has now been found to be completely ineffective. For the treatment of thrombophilia, abnormal blood clotting...

Using antidepressants while pregnant raises child's risk of obesity, diabetes, and more

7/5/2014 - New research from McMaster University in Canada has uncovered a correlation between fluoxetine, a chemical in popular antidepressants like Prozac, and pregnant woman. Researchers recently discovered that pregnant women on antidepressants could be unknowingly jeopardizing the health of their unborn...

Healthy diet before pregnancy significantly lowers risk of having preterm birth later

6/16/2014 - New research conducted at the University of Adelaide and published in The Journal of Nutrition has shown that women who consumed a poor diet before conceiving had roughly 50 percent higher risk of having a preterm birth as compared to those who ate a healthy diet. This is the first piece of research...

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy doubles child's autism risk

6/4/2014 - Antidepressant medications like SSRIs detach users from reality by modifying neurotransmitter levels of serotonin. According to a new study, if these brain chemistry manipulators are taken during pregnancy, they may also detach offspring from reality, inviting newborns into a new age of autism spectrum...

BPA exposure during pregnancy raises miscarriage risk

5/19/2014 - The adverse reproductive effects of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) have once again been demonstrated in the scientific literature. Researchers from Stanford University in California found that the more BPA circulating in a pregnant woman's bloodstream, the greater her chances of having a miscarriage. Among...

Some women buying used pregnancy tests to entrap men

5/18/2014 - An unmarried and undecided man is on his way home when he receives a phone call from his girlfriend. They've been dating on and off for many months now; she wants a commitment. He's undecided. When he hears her voice come through the line, it's unsteady, but giddy with excitement. For a month now, she...

Men's testosterone levels determined in mother's womb

5/4/2014 - If you are a man, the odds are stacked against you. Today's world is a literal toxic minefield of feminizing chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and fluoride that overload men's systems with estrogen, potentially leading to low testosterone. And a new study has revealed that men's exposure to such chemicals...

SSRIs taken during pregnancy may cause autism

5/1/2014 - A study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs by researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, otherwise known as SSRIs -- which are frequently prescribed for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders -- was associated...

Low vitamin D levels increase risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy

2/26/2014 - Getting the right nutrients and eating well when you're pregnant or breastfeeding is vital to your baby's growth and development. If you don't get enough vitamin D, the baby's bones can become soft and more vulnerable to breakage and rickets. Breastfeeding provides the baby with the most nutrients,...

Low vitamin D levels increase risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy

2/26/2014 - Getting the right nutrients and eating well when you're pregnant or breastfeeding is vital to your baby's growth and development. If you don't get enough vitamin D, the baby's bones can become soft and more vulnerable to breakage and rickets. Breastfeeding provides the baby with the most nutrients,...

Low vitamin D levels increase risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy

2/26/2014 - Getting the right nutrients and eating well when you're pregnant or breastfeeding is vital to your baby's growth and development. If you don't get enough vitamin D, the baby's bones can become soft and more vulnerable to breakage and rickets. Breastfeeding provides the baby with the most nutrients,...

Exposure to nicotine in womb raises obesity risk

2/24/2014 - Not smoking or drinking during pregnancy is one of those "everyone knows" affairs. But not everyone abides by those rules. Health Canada estimates that around 20% of expectant mothers continue smoking. And some that do abide use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which could be in the form of a...

Consuming peanuts during pregnancy may lower offspring's risk of peanut allergies

1/2/2014 - As the rate of childhood peanut allergies in the United States population has more than tripled from 0.4% in 1997 to 1.4% in 2008, it was widely recommended (until 2008) for some expecting mothers to abstain from eating peanuts during their pregnancy and while nursing. A recent 2013 study published...

Reiki and fertility: Getting the body in balance to increase fertility and pregnancy odds

10/23/2013 - Reiki, a Japanese energy modality, may seem difficult for the logical mind to understand, but that is because, in the western world, we tend to comprehend only what we can see. When we look at the human body, we see the biological aspects of bones, skin, hair etc. as well as the chemical components...

Probiotics taken during pregnancy decrease risk of allergies in kids

9/9/2013 - Probiotics stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines and the gut. A new analysis encourages pregnant mothers to take probiotics during pregnancy to help lower the risk of allergies in their kids. The good bacteria balance in a mother's gut is passed to their baby through the...

Midwives improve pregnancy care and birth outcomes: Study

8/29/2013 - They often get looked down upon by conventional OB/GYNs, family physicians and other mainstream doctors, but midwives may actually be better equipped to safely deliver babies than the labor and delivery staff at your average hospital. This is according to a new review recently published in The Cochrane...

Scientists develop new method of genetically screening IVF embryos to improve pregnancy rates, but is IVF even safe?

8/9/2013 - The viability of in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an effective way to become pregnant is on the upswing, thanks to a recent discovery out of the U.K. New technology that prescreens embryos for genetic defects before implanting them has the potential to boost IVF success rates by as much as 50 percent...

Spirulina superfood consumed during pregnancy blocks cadmium from damaging developing babies - Natural News Science

7/23/2013 - Research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food reveals that spirulina protects unborn babies from being damaged by cadmium exposure. This is a hugely important finding because cadmium, a highly-toxic heavy metal, is routinely found in rice and other common foods. Even organic brown rice often...

Eight reasons why pregnant women should eat chocolate

6/24/2013 - There seems to be great reasons why pregnant women should treat themselves with chocolate. This is because these luscious treats are found to improve a pregnant woman's condition by preventing certain complications including pre-eclampsia. According to studies, chocolate can not only relieve a pregnant...

Acupuncture and moxibustion greatly improve chances of pregnancy when IVF has failed: Study

5/16/2013 - Most NaturalNews readers have anywhere from a vague understanding to a first-hand experience of acupuncture. But moxibustion needs to be explained a little. With moxibustion, heat is applied to acupuncture points instead of needles. The purpose is to move Qi or chi as needle stimulations do, but...

Do antidepressants in pregnancy cause autism?

5/10/2013 - Two recent studies have shown an association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism in children. The risk of having an autistic child was doubled by the use of antidepressants taken during pregnancy. A large Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal...

Light drinking during pregnancy affects IQ in children

4/22/2013 - For several decades, consuming alcohol during pregnancy was considered a no-no. Many neurological studies on young children whose mothers were heavy drinkers helped derive a set of developmental and behavioral impairments known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Mothers who are borderline alcoholic...

Taking folic acid supplements in early pregnancy can prevent autism

3/6/2013 - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 88 children in the U.S. has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) -- but little is known about how the disorder develops and methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment are limited. But now comes word from a large study...

Flu shots during pregnancy lead to 4,250 percent increase in fetal deaths

2/27/2013 - For years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has maintained that the combined influenza vaccine, which was first administered during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic flu season, is perfectly safe and actually encouraged for pregnant women. But a new study published in the journal Human...

Caffeine during pregnancy lowers birth weight

2/23/2013 - Consuming caffeine while pregnant leads to low birth weights and longer pregnancies, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Norwegian Institute for Public Health and published in the journal BMC Medicine. "As the risk for having a low birth weight baby was associated with caffeine...

Many women clueless about healthy weight gain during pregnancy

12/14/2012 - Most women do not know how much weight they are supposed to gain during pregnancy, according to a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. "Pregnancy is an important time that influences being overweight in both mothers and their babies," said researcher...

Doctors' warning to women: Don't take antidepressants during pregnancy

11/12/2012 - Autism, birth defects, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) -- these are among the many serious health conditions newborn babies face whose mothers take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and certain other antidepressant drugs during pregnancy. The side effects of SSRIs...

Antidepressant drugs are murdering babies before they're even born: SSRIs cause birth defects, miscarriages and complications

11/1/2012 - Big Pharma wants pregnant women to take prescription drugs, vaccine shots and even chemotherapy. It's the latest insanity from an industry that kills more Americans ever year than died in the entire Vietnam War. And the latest science reveals that antidepressant use during pregnancy is causing babies...

New study finds snoring during pregnancy ups risk for high blood pressure

10/13/2012 - Every year, thousands of women and their babies get sick and some die from a dangerous condition called preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder during pregnancy and the postpartum period. "Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading global cause of maternal and infant deaths and cost billions...

Pregnancy and chiropractic

9/3/2012 - Are you currently pregnant or thinking about having a baby soon? If you answered yes to either question, hopefully you are also seeing a chiropractor. A woman's body goes through countless changes while pregnant, not only hormonally, but also posturally and bio-mechanically. Low back pain is almost...

Vitamin D in pregnancy may help prevent childhood obesity

5/30/2012 - A recent study of vitamin D levels in pregnant women has revealed a remarkable finding. Children born to women with a lower vitamin D level during pregnancy have increased body fat later in childhood compared to those children whose mothers have a higher vitamin D level. A maternal vitamin D level...

Herbs that help prevent nausea during pregnancy

5/13/2012 - Congratulations! You're expecting. Welcome to the roller coaster ride that is pregnancy. For many women, fatigue is the first sign of pregnancy, followed closely by morning sickness. Morning sickness is most common between the fourth and fourteenth weeks of pregnancy and is most often experienced upon...

The best health-boosting supplements to take during pregnancy

5/1/2012 - Pregnancy is a profound time in a woman's life. As a rite of passage, it can be a magical time or a miserable time (sometimes both), in large part based on your state of health. Either way it is emotionally and physically challenging. Knowing how to keep your health in balance can make sure that glow...

Herbs for common pregnancy symptoms: Gestational diabetes

4/27/2012 3:25:51 PM - Being poked, prodded, weighed, measured, and evaluated is part of being pregnant in the 21st century. Each woman and each pregnancy is different, so keep that in mind when you're being told about all those tests that are available, that may or may not have conclusive results. (Also remember they are...

Take a vitamin D supplement during pregnancy

4/9/2012 - A study published in the March 2012 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Association of Pediatrics, has shown again how important vitamin D3 supplementation is during pregnancy. This study measured the vitamin D level of pregnant women and then observed language development in their children...

Pregnancy and fish oils - How both mother and baby can benefit

2/8/2012 - By 2012, most people understand the importance of including omega-3 fatty acids to their diets. Commonly found in fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids have countless benefits to a person's health and complexion. From teens to the elderly, everyone can benefit from the wonders of omega-3 fatty acids, but what...

SSRI horrors grow: women who take popular antidepressants risk babies with severe high blood pressure

1/12/2012 4:04:25 PM - Although Big Pharma and mainstream medicine continue to push antidepressants, especially the type known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Paxil and Prozac, the documented risks and side effects of these drugs remain often ignored. While it's true the FDA finally acknowledged...

Pregnant women now being dosed with toxic chemotherapy drugs

8/24/2011 - In the world of medicine, the toxicity of chemotherapy drugs is widely known. They make your hair fall out, after all, and that's on top of the muscle wasting, vomiting and overall health deterioration that chemo drugs admittedly produce. But now the insanity has reached a new low with doctors routinely...

Pregnant Women and Strokes

8/23/2011 - We have known for a while that increasingly, children are having strokes, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In a study of over 200 children who had suffered a stroke, nearly 80 per cent were found to have abnormalities in the brain's arteries. These abnormalities...

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to increased risk of autism

7/18/2011 - Several studies have implicated antidepressant use during pregnancy with short term complications in newborns, autism, and other birth defects. A study published in the Archives of General Psychology in July 2011 uncovered a connection between antidepressant use during pregnancy and an increased risk...

Too little salt intake during pregnancy inhibits proper kidney development in offspring, study finds

7/8/2011 - It has become common knowledge that consuming too much sodium is unhealthy and leads to high blood pressure. But a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Renal Physiology has found that consuming too little sodium is also damaging. According to researchers from both the University...

Folic acid during pregnancy may reduce baby's cancer risk

5/29/2011 - The importance of maintaining high intake levels of folic acid during pregnancy has been established by numerous scientific studies, all of which verify that the vitamin directly affects the intelligence and physical health of the child later in life. And now a new study adds to this body of evidence,...

Vitamin D intake in pregnancy prevents RSV infections in infants

5/23/2011 - The Journal of Pediatrics published a study that found infants, who are deficient in vitamin D at birth, have a six times higher risk of developing RSV during their first year of life. Nearly 100,000 children under the age of one are hospitalized every single year due to RSV infections. Pregnant mothers...

Taking antioxidants before and during pregnancy prevents obesity, glucose intolerance in children

3/15/2011 - Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing the onset of disease, and they can make all the difference in determining whether or not children develop glucose intolerance or become obese. According to a new study out of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHP), women who consume high amounts...

Take vitamin D during pregnancy for your baby

2/16/2011 - A new study reveals an association between low vitamin D levels and respiratory problems in infants. A groundbreaking study has now revealed how important vitamin D is for the immune system of the fetus and newborn. In a study published in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the umbilical cord-blood...

Iron, folic acid supplementation during pregnancy results in children with better motor skills

12/27/2010 - A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the importance of getting plenty of the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients during pregnancy. The study showed that Indian women who supplemented with prenatal iron, folic acid and vitamin A produced children who...

Probiotics in pregnancy prove beneficial for both mom and baby

12/22/2010 - Probiotics are fast becoming a popular word in today's health and nutrition. From yogurt to natural pizza crusts, probiotics are increasingly common in food sources and all people benefit from their consumption. Recent research shows that probiotics are not only safe for pregnant women, but also extremely...

Choline Deficiency during Pregnancy may lead to Birth Defects

8/18/2010 - In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition it has been revealed that deficiency of choline, an important nutrient for cell growth and functioning, may lead to higher risk of birth defects in babies. The study was conducted by researchers of McGill University and Cornell...

New Study: Chocolate during Pregnancy Lowers Risks of Hypertension

8/10/2010 - As if anyone needed another reason to eat chocolate, new research published in the August 2010 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology suggests that chocolate may be good for both gestational hypertension (GH) and for preeclampsia.1 This, of course, goes hand-in-hand with a lot of other research...

Acupuncture treats depression during pregnancy (without chemical drugs)

7/6/2010 - Acupuncture relives the symptoms of depression during pregnancy better than a placebo and potentially as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to a study conducted by researchers from Stanford University and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Acupuncture that we have tested...

Antidepressants during pregnancy cause alarming 68 percent increased risk of miscarriage

6/7/2010 - Back in 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that exposure to the antidepressant paroxetine (sold as Paxil, Paxil CR, and Pexeva) in the first trimester of pregnancy might increase the risk for birth defects, especially heart problems. Did this halt the widespread prescribing of paroxetine...

Pregnancy Brain may be First Sign of EFA Deficiency during Childbearing Years

3/18/2010 - "Pregnancy brain" is a condition whereby expectant mothers experience short term memory loss and forgetfulness that often persists into the postpartum and breastfeeding period. Given widespread fatty acid deficiency in the Standard American Diet (SAD), along with the fact that the brain is built on...

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Cause Premature Birth

3/5/2010 - Women who take strategic serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth prematurely as women who do not take the drugs, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine and funded by the Danish Medical Research...

Cold Case Files - Paxil Birth Defects

3/4/2010 - Almost like an episode of the TV show, Cold Case Files, the first Paxil birth defect trial was dominated by a story about what happened to the rat pups that died around 1979 and1980, involved in a study in which Paxil was being tested on pregnant female rats. The animal studies giving Paxil to rats...

Medications that block folic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects

11/19/2009 - (Natural News) An epidemiological study in Israel that included 84,832 babies born at Soroka Medical Center, in Beer-Sheva concluded that medications taken during the first trimester that block folic acid more than double the risk of congenital malformations. The study team involved Epidemiologists,...

Hypnosis Brings Benefits during Pregnancy and Childbirth

11/16/2009 - Hypnosis has been used during childbirth for approximately 100 years. Many research studies have been conducted to study the effects of hypnosis on pregnancy and labor. Hypnosis has been used on women during labor to help reduce pain. Hypnosis can be used as a natural analgesic to not only reduce pain...

Exercising During Pregnancy Boosts Baby IQ

9/11/2009 - Mothers who exercise more during pregnancy may give birth to children with higher IQs, according to psychologist Richard E. Nisbett, author of Intelligence and How to Get It. "Children whose mother exercised 30 minutes a day score around eight points higher on standard IQ tests than children whose...

The Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign - Part V

8/28/2009 - This is part four of an article series by Evelyn Pringle. Find previous parts here: Part One (http://www.naturalnews.com/026634_drugs_suicide_adhd.html), Part Two (http://www.naturalnews.com/026707_health_disease_depression.html), Part Three (http://www.naturalnews.com/026742_depression_disease_postpartum_depression.html)...

The Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign - Part II

7/27/2009 - This is part two of an investigative series on The Mothers Act by Evelyn Pringle. Read part one here: http://www.naturalnews.com/026634_drugs_suicide_adhd.html The Mothers Act legislation specifically defines the term "postpartum conditions" as "postpartum depression" or "postpartum psychosis." Use...

Even When Planning for Pregnancy, Women Fail to Follow Health Guidelines

5/22/2009 - Even women who are planning to become pregnant routinely ignore nutritional and other health advice, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Southampton, England, and published in the British Medical Journal. "Having a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone,...

Smoking during Pregnancy may Cause Aggression in Children

4/24/2009 - Picture a pregnant woman taking a long drag from a cigarette and you may picture a premature baby with a low birth weight, fighting for its first breath - but what most of us don't picture is an aggressive child. However, new evidence points to smoking during pregnancy as a cause for aggression in children,...

Ginger Reduces Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy and Relieves Menstrual Pain

4/2/2009 - Ginger, that aromatic root that has livened up food for centuries, is a treasure chest of health benefits that keep bodies lively too. Recent research has found ginger to be effective for reducing the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, and the pain associated with menstruation. It has also...

Five Tips for Healthier Pregnancies and Children: Revealed in Recent Studies

2/17/2009 - Pregnancy can be a very tough time both physically and emotionally, especially in view of the toxin and stress bombardment of modern society and the fact that our bodies are generally weaker today than those of our ancestors. A few recent studies have surfaced some areas for expectant mothers-to-be...

Common Chemicals may Delay Pregnancy and Inflict Much Worse

2/12/2009 - A new study suggests that chemicals known as perfluorinated chemicals, which are pervasive in food packaging, pesticides, clothing, upholstery, carpets and personal care products, may delay pregnancy. Other studies and evidence have indicated that the chemicals are responsible for far greater harm than...

Knowledge: The Noninvasive Birth Control

1/27/2009 - As of now, the FDA has yet to approve of a safe option for birth control. The pill has been linked to higher breast cancer risk, the Depo Provera shot to infertility and osteoporosis, and the Mirena IUD to spontaneous abortions and even death. The Nuva Ring and the Patch can result in weight gain and...

Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits Mother and Child

1/8/2009 - One of the best ways to give children a good start at long-term heart health may be exercise during pregnancy, according to a study conducted by researchers from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society. "When...

Modern Birth Control: Blessing or Barbarism?

1/5/2009 - Throughout history women have found many interesting ways to practice birth control. There is evidence of women in ancient Rome tying a pouch around their left foot that contained a cat's liver in the belief that it would prevent pregnancy. Some would spit in the mouth of a frog three times in hopes...

Excessive Weight Gain during Pregnancy Leads to Heavier Teenagers

12/30/2008 - Women, of course, gain weight during pregnancy, though some gain more than others. And, according to a study at the Harvard Medical School, these women may not only have heavier babies, but bigger teenagers, too. Using data of almost 12,000 children and teenagers, the study found that those whose...

Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Cleft Lip in Infants

12/12/2008 - Women who smoke while pregnant increase the risk that their children will be born with cleft lips, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, and published in the journal Epidemiology. "First trimester smoking was clearly associated with risk of cleft lip,"...

Drinking Caffeine During Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Miscarriage

8/11/2008 - Drinking as little as 10 ounces of coffee per day may double a pregnant woman's risk of miscarriage, according to a new study conducted by Kaiser Permanente researchers and published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers interviewed 1,063 pregnant women, including 102 who had already...

Omega-3 Fats During Pregnancy Provide an Alternative to Anti-Depressant Drugs

7/29/2008 - The demands on a woman's body during pregnancy often leave her feeling depleted, physically and emotionally. Depression is common among pregnant women. Concerns have been raised about possible harm from antidepressants which might affect both mother and child. Mothers-to-be and their health care providers...

How Stress in Pregnancy Affects Your Baby

7/11/2008 - We know that extreme stress is bad for any living creature and that it can lead to disease and health degradation in our bodies. Pregnancy in itself is a stressful time on a woman's body. The normal physical and hormonal changes can be quite daunting for a first time mom. In this day and age we live...

Vitamin B Deficiencies During Pregnancy Alter DNA, Leads to Fat Male Babies

6/25/2008 - Women who are deficient in vitamin B before they conceive may be more likely to give birth to obese and hypertense babies, according to a study conducted on sheep by researchers from the University of Nottingham, England, and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers...

High Blood Sugar Contributes to Pregnancy Complications

5/29/2008 - Type II diabetes is a devastating and debilitating malady that afflicts millions of people in the United States. Add diabetes to pregnancy, and you get a very dangerous situation that could result in premature births, high birth weight, and even death. A study published in the New England Journal of...

Arsenic Exposure During Pregnancy Activates Genes That Cause Cancer Later in Life

5/15/2008 - The children of women who are exposed to arsenic during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of cancer later in life due to the activation of a certain suite of genes, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Researchers examined data on...

Low Cholesterol in Moms Linked to Poor Pregnancy Outcomes

10/26/2007 - A new study published in the October 2007 issue of Pediatrics shows a strong correlation with low total cholesterol in pregnant women and the health and size of their babies. Women with serum cholesterol less than 151 were nearly 3 times more likely to have pre-term, low-birth-weight babies, and...

Vitamin D deficiency extremely common during pregnancy; most children born vitamin D deficient

9/18/2007 - The vast majority of pregnant women tested in a study published this year in the Journal of Nutrition were found to be deficient in vitamin D, as were their infants. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found widespread vitamin D deficiency, even though more than 90 percent of the women tested...

More than half of women suffer vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, even after taking prenatal vitamins

3/27/2007 - More than half of pregnant women today do not have sufficient amounts of vitamin D, even with prenatal vitamin supplements as part of their regimen, a new University of Pittsburgh study shows. Jump directly to: conventional view | alternative view | resources | bottom line What...

Eating fish during pregnancy boosts babies' communication, social skills

2/15/2007 - A new study from the US National Institutes of Health and Bristol University that questioned 11,875 pregnant women on their dietary habits found that eating more fish during pregnancy resulted in significant, measurable benefits to the communication skills and social standing of their children seven...

Taking fish oil supplements in late pregnancy boosts baby's brainpower, study finds

1/2/2007 - An Australian study published in the Dec. 21, 2006 edition of the online journal Archives of Disease in Childhood found that women who take high doses of fish oil supplements in the second half of pregnancy give birth to children with greater coordination and increased brainpower later in life. Researchers...

Gaining weight between pregnancies could lead to pregnancy complications (press release)

11/16/2006 - A number of studies over the years have found an association between obesity and pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia (hypertension), gestational diabetes and stillbirth, but there was little evidence of a direct, cause-and-effect relationship. A new, large-scale study from researchers at...

Most Women Unaware of Key Nutrient Needed for Babies’ Development During Pregnancy (press release)

11/2/2006 - Most women are aware of only two of the “Big 3” nutrients considered essential during pregnancy and breastfeeding, according to a Kelton Research survey sponsored by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C.- based national advocacy organization. The majority of women surveyed know...

Low vitamin E intake during pregnancy can lead to childhood asthma (press release)

10/23/2006 - Children whose mothers had a low intake of vitamin E during pregnancy are more likely to develop wheezing and asthma by age five. This research appears in the first issue for September 2006 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society. Graham...

Eating junk food during pregnancy raises newborn's risk of diabetes, obesity

10/10/2006 - Eating junk food during pregnancy may raise the chance of having obese children who are more susceptible to diabetes, according to a Royal Veterinary College, London study. Researchers at RVC fed female rats doughnuts, muffins, chocolate, potato chips, cheese, cookies and candy during pregnancy,...

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy could reduce osteoporosis in children (press release)

8/24/2006 - Vitamin D supplementation of pregnant women could lead to longlasting reduction in osteoporotic fractures in their children, according to a study published in this week's issue of The Lancet. The study shows that children whose mothers were lacking in vitamin D during pregnancy grow up to have weaker...

Major WHO study concludes calcium supplements can reduce complications during pregnancy (press release)

8/16/2006 - Preeclampsia, the development of high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy and its more severe complications such as eclampsia, can threaten the lives of both mother and child. While there is no therapy to prevent preeclampsia, a link to calcium deficiency has been suggested. In...

Findings on Antidepressants During Pregnancy Are Reason for Caution (press release)

8/11/2006 - Until recently, antidepressants—especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—were considered fairly safe for pregnant women. But late last year, citing evidence from several sources, the FDA warned that infants of women who took the SSRI paroxetine (Paxil) during the first trimester had...

Pregnancy drug doubles risk of breast cancer

8/8/2006 - Boston University scientists announced today that the anti-miscarriage drug diethylstilboestrol (DES) -- commonly prescribed from 1940 to 1975 -- could double the normal risk of breast cancer in exposed women. In the study, disease rates were tested in around 5,000 women who were exposed to DES in...

Infant bone growth and maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy influence future fracture risk (press release)

7/21/2006 - Can bones remember? According to new research presented at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis in Toronto, Canada they can. Not in the traditional sense, of course, but in that their vulnerability to osteoporosis and fractures depends on how the bones developed during pregnancy and childhood, according...

Is obesity during pregnancy child abuse?

7/19/2004 - The research is pouring in: obesity during pregnancy poses a tremendous risk to the health of the unborn child. Children of obese mothers are born as pre-diabetics or with serious birth defects that can lead to kidney disease or heart disease, among other problems. The fact that obesity in expectant...

Zinc deficiency during pregnancy causes bone problems in fetus

7/19/2004 - A lack of dietary zinc causes significant bone development problems in fetuses, new research shows. Sadly, most women -- pregnant or otherwise -- suffer from widespread nutritional deficiencies that frequently include zinc, meaning that most children are born with a lower level of health than possible....

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