SIDS and Serotonin
We've heard many theories about why SIDS occurs. This article seems like they're on to something measurable and possibly treatable. SIDS could be related to actual brain chemistry. Read more:
They said abnormal levels of serotonin may hamper an infant's breathing, especially in challenging situations, such as breathing in too much exhaled carbon dioxide while sleeping face down.
"The current findings provide important clues to the biological basis of SIDS and may ultimately lead to ways to identify infants most at risk as well as additional strategies..."
Monday, September 29, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Overweight in pregnancy and ADHDI'm always amazed at the number of conditions that could be prevented by maintaining a normal weight. I've written numerous articles about obesity and how it can lead to not only pregnancy complications, but a number of problems with the baby as well. The article below discusses how being overweight in pregnancy could lead to hyperactive children. Read more:
"Many children are being diagnosed with ADHD and at the same time there is an epidemic of obesity in the world, with more and more women already overweight at the time they become pregnant. If it turns out that the mother's weight is of significance and, together with other factors, can influence ADHD-like symptoms in the child, we have not only found a contributory cause but also a potential avenue for preventive work that can enhance the well-being of both mother and child," says Uppsala's Alina Rodriguez.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Persistent Pain After ChildbirthOuch! Intercourse can be painful after childbirth, especially if there were lacerations or instrument assisted births. Even women who've had C-sections may experience problems. I found that I had to stop using tampons for quite a while after giving birth because of the irritation. Some tampons contain bleaches which can be very irritating if your skin has been broken as well. Read more:
Sex-related health problems were highest among instrument-assisted births (77 percent) and lowest among caesarean births (51 percent), with 64 percent of women having normal births reporting at least one problem related to sex.
Forceps deliveries were also associated with higher levels of stress, urge, and continual incontinence
Monday, September 22, 2014
Pregnancy Over 40, Good Diet Protects Your Child Too
After reading the article below, I'm so happy I ate a healthy diet before, during and after I conceived my daughter.
Apparently, a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables can protect your baby from future cancer. Read more:
There may be another reason for pregnant and nursing women to eat a nutritious diet that includes generous amounts of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage - it could help protect their children from cancer, both as infants and later in life.
The research, published in the journal Carcinogenesis, is one of the first of its type to demonstrate that diet may play a protective role in a fight against cancer that may begin - and could be won or lost - well before a person is ever born. And some of the protective benefits may last into adulthood
Friday, September 19, 2014
Easing Pain of ChildbirthI recall learning about all of the different positions you could be in to deliver your baby. Unfortunately, by the time I got to that point, I was in so much pain, all I wanted was an epidural and my logical thinking skills went out the window. I was on my back in the position you always see in the movies and on TV. Here is an article about how your position during childbirth could help ease pain:
The best position for a baby during delivery is head down, with the back of the head facing forward. When the back of the head is toward the mother’s side or back, the delivery may be longer or more painful.
The study found that the women who went onto their hands and knees during delivery felt better. “The use of this position during labor was associated with a significant reduction in persistent back pain,” the researchers wrote. “Women may therefore be encouraged to use this position for comfort in labor.”