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Health Tip: If You're Pregnant and Have Diabetes

Posted 4 days ago by

-- Women who have diabetes should take precautions to ensure that both mother and baby stay healthy throughout pregnancy. High maternal blood sugar can harm the developing baby, resulting in birth defects or miscarriage. This is especially true during the first few weeks of pregnancy, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. The agency suggests what diabetic ...

Prenatal Test Advance May Help Spot Serious Gene Mutations

Posted 18 days ago by

SATURDAY, March 31, 2018 – Scientists who found a way to use amniotic fluid to sequence the entire genome of a fetus say the breakthrough could significantly increase detection of genetic conditions during pregnancy. Researchers tweaked a common prenatal test called amniocentesis. In that procedure, amniotic fluid is taken from a pregnant woman's uterus and analyzed for abnormalities in the ...

Smoking While Pregnant Could Harm Child's Breathing

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are apt to have breathing issues in childhood and beyond, a new study has found. The finding comes from the analysis of data on more than 2,000 U.S. children, ages 6 to 11. Nearly 10 percent of the children – those who had asthma and those who didn't – had reduced lung function. The researchers reported a weak link ...

Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Waist Size Tied to Autism Risk

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – The pre-pregnancy width of a woman's waist – but not whether or not she is actually obese – may be tied to autism risk in her children, new research suggests. What's behind the association remains unclear, the researchers said. But it could lie in the fat-induced activity of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines, which are "known to be involved in the development ...

Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows. The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that limit a woman's access to a safe and effective abortion. According to the committee ...

The Dynamic Duo: Calcium and Vitamin D

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Your need for calcium gets a lot of attention, but your body can't use it without its partner, vitamin D, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day. Recommendations for vitamin D range from the current recommended daily allowance of 600 International Units (IUs), all the way up to 4,000 IUs to best ...

Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – If a pregnant woman's immune system is activated, it can affect her child's brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers – infections, stress, illness and allergies – can activate the immune system. This causes proteins to be released as part of an inflammatory response. Previous research in animals has shown that some of these proteins can affect ...

There's a Health Dividend for Some Babies Who Look Like Dad

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – Looking like a "chip off the old block" may help improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers, a new study suggests. Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with the babies, the researchers said. The study included 715 single mothers and their babies. Infants who looked like their father at birth were healthier when they were 1 year old. ...

Most Exercise, Hot Baths Should Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Finds

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – If you're pregnant and want to exercise in warm weather or take hot baths or short saunas, that's safe, according to new research. Australian researchers said that doing so – within limits – should not raise your body temperature to a point that would put your baby at risk. The findings come from an analysis of 12 studies that included 347 women at different stages of ...

Health Tip: Make Sure Babies Eat Right

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

-- A baby's nutritional balance during the first 1,000 days of life is critical to lifelong mental health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Sufficient amounts of key minerals, vitamins, proteins and certain fats during the infant and toddler years is key to avoiding permanent loss of brain function, the academy said. The AAP policy statement recommends: Doctors should ...

Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Antioxidants – it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important role in many everyday processes, such as exercise and metabolism. But at high concentrations, they ...

Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A baby's future diabetes risk, for example, is higher if mom is under- or over-nourished during pregnancy, according to researchers at ...

Low-Carb Diets Boost Risk for Serious Birth Defects

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Having a baby? Don't skimp on carbs. Following a low-carbohydrate diet during pregnancy may increase a woman's risk of having a baby with serious birth defects, a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. Compared with pregnant women who didn't restrict their carbohydrate intake, those on a diet that reduced or eliminated carbs ...

Health Tips: Prevent Infections During Pregnancy

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

-- Acquiring an infection during pregnancy is bad for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance of making healthy choices and taking extra precautions to prevent infections during pregnancy. The AAP suggests: Wash your hands often, especially when around children. Cook meat until it's well done. Avoid unpasteurized milk. Get tested ...

Troubling Stroke Trend Among U.S. Moms-to-Be

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – A rare type of stroke is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study finds. This type of stroke is called spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage. It's potentially life-threatening and occurs when blood vessels on the surface of the brain rupture. It may occur at any age, but it's most common between age 40 and 65. It is more common in women, ...

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