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Friday, October 24, 2014

THYROID, PREGNANCY AND INFANT OUTCOMES

Thyroid Functioning Could Affect Having A Baby and Health Of Baby

Thyroid problems and pregnancy complications It seems that the thyroid gland is not only a critical piece of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, but it's proper functioning is also important for the health of your unborn baby.
Here is an article that discusses how maternal hypothyroidism can affect the baby's vision:

Children of women with hypothyroidism an under active thyroid who had elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, had a significantly reduced ability to see visual contrasts, compared to women with hypothyroidism with normal TSH levels during the first two trimesters, and pregnant women with normal thyroid levels, according to a new study being presented on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the 78th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) in New York. Adequate contrast sensitivity is an important ability for reading, viewing information of low contrast such as maps, and visuospatial ability in general.

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 The study shows that visual processing problems among infants of women with hypothyroidism were directly correlated with the mothers' high level of TSH. These findings suggest that thyroid hormone is critical in early pregnancy for normal development of visual processing abilities.

A previous study showed that infants born to women who had hypothyroidism diagnosed prior to or during pregnancy had reduced ability to see visual contrasts and that the severity of their deficit was related to how hypothyroid their mothers were during the pregnancy. This research was based on an electrophysiological task where children saw bars that swept from low to high levels of contrast at a slow speed.

from: (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FLU IN PREGNANCY MAY AFFECT FETAL BRAIN

Compromised immune system in pregnancy can make you susceptible to the flu

I know there has been some worry about getting the flu vaccine in pregnancy, but the actual flu may be problematic as well.  Flu season is right around the corner so this information could be timely for pregnant women.
 Pregnant women are thought to have a somewhat compromised immune system which is the body's way of protecting the pregnancy.  This is so your own immune system doesn't attach the embryo thinking it's a foreign intruder.

SEE ALSO: INFECTIONS, INFERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com 

In pregnancy, the flu may affect a fetus and their brain
This article is scary because it talks about flu in pregnancy and even though it was done in monkeys, it may show us how flu could affect a human fetus and their brain.

THE brains of monkeys whose mothers had flu while pregnant resemble those of people with schizophrenia. The finding backs up studies in people that suggest flu in mothers-to-be affects the brain of the developing fetus.

Previous research had found that the children of women who caught flu while pregnant are more likely to develop schizophrenia later in life. To investigate further, Sarah Short and Chris Coe at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, infected 12 pregnant rhesus monkeys with mild flu.

Their 19 offspring seemed to develop normally. Yet MRI scans of the 1-year-old juveniles - equivalent in age to a 5 to 7-year-old human child - revealed that their brains had features similar to those seen in people with schizophrenia, including less grey matter in the cortex and enlarged ventricles. Monkeys whose mothers had not had flu did not have these features (Biological Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.11.026).


from: (newsientist.com)

Monday, October 20, 2014

OBESITY MAY HINDER NURSING BABY

Nursing and Obesity

Here's another reason to maintain a healthy weight before you get pregnant.
 This article talks about how obese women have a harder time with breastfeeding. Read more:

"We found that overweight and obese women have a lower prolactin response to suckling," says Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell and the lead researcher of the study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics (Vol. 113, No. 5, May 2004). Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk soon after birth.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

"This lower prolactin response to suckling would be expected to compromise the ability of overweight and obese women to produce milk and, over time, lead to a significantly shorter period of breast-feeding," she adds.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

ANEMIA IN PREGANANCY: FOODS TO AVOID ANEMIA

Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com) 

Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron.

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces

Green peas, 1/2 cup

Tomato juice, 6 ounces

Broccoli, 1/2 cup

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice

Dried apricots, 5 halves

Raspberries, 1 cup

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces

Roast beef, 3 ounces

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces

Baked potato with skin

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small

Oysters, 6 medium

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup

from: medindia.net



Thursday, October 16, 2014

CAN EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE - TAPPING) HELP YOU GET PREGNANT AND STAY PREGNANT?

How EFT Can Help Conception and Delivery

EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is also called tapping.  It is based on the principles of kinesiology, acupuncture and acupressure and it is known to help people overcome a number of emotional stumbling blocks that may be preventing them from attracting what they want into their life.
If you are trying to conceive, EFT can help you overcome infertility by working on the mind-body connection.  If you are already pregnant (especially after trying for a while), EFT can help you overcome your fears of pregnancy and delivery.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (TAPPING) - getpregnantover40.com 


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