Vitamin D levels during pregnancy linked to offspring muscle strength

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that mothers who have a higher intake of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to have children with stronger muscles.Vitamin D is known to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream, as well as help cells to communicate. […]

Eating nuts during pregnancy: Can we trust the latest advice?

by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories For many years, women were counseled to avoid eating peanuts and tree nuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There was a worry that exposing babies to nuts would put their immune systems into overdrive and increase their chances of becoming allergic. It made sense. You can’t develop an… […]

6 tips to avoid accidental weaning during the holidays

by Jenni Buckley posted in Mom Stories I love the holidays. I love spending time with my family, cuddling on the couch on cold winter nights, eating my body weight in delicious foods, and buying Christmas gifts for my little ones. It’s also a very busy time of year, made even more so when you… […]

Poverty during pregnancy causes high cortisol levels which are passed to fetus

Women who are poor experience higher cortisol levels in pregnancy and give birth to infants with elevated levels of the stress hormone, putting them at greater risk for serious disease later in life… Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Grandchild’s growth may be affected if grandmother smoked during pregnancy

A UK study published in the American Journal of Human Biology has found that smoking during pregnancy has discernible effects on the growth of a woman’s future grandkids. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Signals regulating mammary stem cell activation during pregnancy can be hijacked by breast cancer cells

During pregnancy, certain hormones trigger specialized mammary stem cells to create milk-producing cells essential to lactation. Pregnancy / Obstetrics News From Medical News Today

Maternal singing during skin-to-skin contact benefits both preterm infants, mothers

A mother who sings to her preterm infant while providing ‘kangaroo care,’ or holding with direct skin-to-skin contact, may see improvements in both her child’s and her own health. The finding comes from a study of 86 mother-infant pairs in a neonatal intensive care unit. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Stress during pregnancy can be passed down through generations, rat study shows

To better understand problems during pregnancies today, we should look to the experiences of our ancestors, research suggests. Scientists investigating pregnancies in four generations of rats show that inherited epigenetic effects of stress could affect pregnancies for generations. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Antipsychotic medication during pregnancy does affect babies, study shows

A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. The observational study reveals that while most women gave birth to healthy babies, the use of mood stabilizers or higher doses of antipsychotics during pregnancy increased the need for special care after birth with 43 per cent of babies […]

Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to preterm birth

Antidepressant medications taken by pregnant women are associated with increased rates of preterm birth, research shows. This finding reinforces the notion that antidepressants should not be used by pregnant women in the absence of a clear need that cannot be met through alternative approaches, say researchers. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

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