All mothers want to believe that they have done the very best for their babies, given them every chance to live up to their full potential. When it comes to nurturing their intelligence, it could be as easy as eating fruit during pregnancy – at least that is what one study says.
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A new study provides some reassurance regarding developmental difficulties in children conceived through infertility treatments. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics by Edwina Yeung PhD, of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, and her research associates.
A popular way for parents to bond with their baby while pregnant is to play their favorite music to them through the womb. But is playing music through the womb the best way for your unborn baby to experience it? One company says no. And that is why they have created the Babypod, a speaker that moms-to-be insert into their vagina.
It’s no news that there are risks to consuming alcohol during pregnancy, including everything from an increased risk of heart defects to miscarriage. Even more concerning is that many of the studies conducted show that these complications can arise very early in pregnancy.
Chia seeds have been considered a dietary supplement by Native Americans for centuries, but it’s only been recently that they’ve become more mainstream. And for very good reason! Learn more about them, and how consuming them can benefit both you and your baby.
While you’re struggling to keep down breakfast in those first months of pregnancy, your little one is undergoing some remarkable changes. From a collection of cells, to a little being who can hiccup in your womb, here’s what’s cooking with your developing baby during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The dangers of smoking during pregnancy, which include an increased risk of breathing problems, premature birth, and cot death, have been discussed for decades. Unfortunately, the struggle to stop is still just too much for many mothers. Dr. Nadja Reissland, author of a new study on the effect of cigarette smoke on fetuses, hopes to change all of that.
Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, is experienced by somewhere between 3% and 5% of all pregnancies. When untreated or not caught soon enough, the condition can become dangerously fatal for both mother and baby. In fact, preeclampsia accounts for somewhere around 40%-60% of all maternal deaths in developing countries. But, even when not fatal, the condition may have some further reaching repercussions.
We know that, when we are pregnant, we must be conscious of what we put in our bodies and what we are exposed to. Cat litter. Certain cold and flu medications. Alcohol. These items, and many, many more can alter the development of a fetus. Now, researchers are saying that certain Endocrine disruptors that have the ability to alter thyroid levels could impact the brain development of an unborn fetus, adding yet another set of items that pregnant women should be cautious of.
Nutrition is probably one of the most important parts of pregnancy – not just because you’re taking care of your own body, but because everything you do affects your baby. This is why it’s so important for women to include a wide variety of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals in their daily diets. But there are some foods you should eat regularly during pregnancy; grapefruit is one of them.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are caused when a child is exposed to alcohol while in utero. It encompasses a broad spectrum of symptoms, including cognitive impairment, deficits in attention and intelligence, and abnormalities within the central nervous system. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have now uncovered that children with FASD also suffer from weaker brain activation during certain cognitive tasks.