Fetus Suffers when Mother Lacks Vitamin C

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Healthy pregnancy

Maternal vitamin C deficiency during pregnancy can have serious consequences for Continue reading

‘Unhealthy’ Changes in Gut Microbes Benefit Pregnant Women

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The composition of microbes in the gut changes dramatically during pregnancy, according to a study published by Cell Press in the August 3rd issue of the journal Cell. Although these changes are associated with metabolic disease under most circumstances, they could be beneficial in pregnant women.

“This is the first in-depth characterization of the gut micro biota associated with pregnancy,” says senior study author Continue reading

Warning: Why You Should Avoid Using Your Laptop as Recommended

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  • Use caution with any laptop use, especially if you’re a pregnant woman, and if you choose to use it on your lap, only do so with a lap pad or cushion that is about one foot thick
  • You may be able to lessen EMF exposure during laptop use by using an external keyboard (as even typing on your laptop may expose you to high EMFs) and only using it while it’s battery-powered, not while plugged in, Continue reading

Scientists Explain How Mother’s Diet Prevents Allergies in Offspring

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Previous research has suggested that regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy helps boost the child’s immune system, thereby preventing allergies. Researchers now have an idea of how the healthy fats benefit fetal well-being. Continue reading

Hysterectomy is associated with Increased Levels of Iron in the Brain

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University of California Los Angeles study suggests reducing iron may lower age-related brain disease risk

The human body has a love-hate relationship with iron. Just the right amount is needed for proper cell function, yet too much is associated with brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Science knows that men have more iron in their bodies and brains than women. These higher levels may be part of the explanation for why men develop these age-related neurodegenerative diseases at a younger age.

But why do women have less iron Continue reading

Pregnant Women can Safely be treated for Gum Disease

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Pregnant women can safely be treated for gum infections without having to worry about their baby’s health, according to a new study.

The concern among dentists had been that treating the problem could cause bacteria to get into the mothers’ bloodstream, where they could harm babies’ development.

Gum disease — caused by a bacterial infection that breaks down gum tissue and can cause tooth loss and serious health problems — is a particular problem during pregnancy.

Hormonal changes appear to make a pregnant woman more susceptible to developing it, yet the standard antibiotic-based therapy is not recommended because it stains  Continue reading