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Monday, September 29, 2014

SUDDEN INFANT DEATH AND LINK TO SEROTONIN

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.

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"We have known for many years that placing infants to sleep on their backs is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of SIDS," Dr. Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which funded the study.

"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..."

from Reuters

Friday, September 26, 2014

OVERWEIGHT IN PREGNANCY AND ADHD IN KIDS

Overweight in pregnancy and ADHD

I'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:

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Women who are overweight when they become pregnant run a much greater risk that their children will exhibit ADHD-like symptoms when they reach school age, reports a study by researchers from Uppsala University. The findings, based on more than 12,500 children in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark, show for the first time that there is a correlation between the mother's body mass index (BMI) at the time she becomes pregnant and symptoms like hyperactivity and concentration problems in the child.

"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.


from: aphroditewomenshealth.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHILDBIRTH AND PAINFUL INTERCOURSE AFTER DELIVERY

Persistent Pain After Childbirth

Ouch! 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:

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Painful intercourse was reported by 19 percent of women who had had caesareans, 34 percent who had had a normal birth and 36 percent of women who had an instrument-assisted birth, such as forceps.
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

from (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com) 

Monday, September 22, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR PREGNANCY DIET

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.

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A new study by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, done with laboratory mice, found that supplements of a key phytochemical found in certain vegetables provided a very high level of protection against leukemia and lymphoma in young animals, and also significantly protected against lung cancer during the rodent's equivalent of middle age.


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


 sciencenewsden.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

POSITION OF CHILDBIRTH DELIVERY EASES PAIN

Easing Pain of Childbirth

I 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:

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The study is based on a review of earlier research into how the mother’s position affects delivery. The researchers focused on three studies, two looking at women in labor and one looking at women late in pregnancy. In all, more than 2,700 women were involved in the studies.

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.”

  (www.nytimes.com)

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