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Researchers from Sweden suggest that pregnant women who consume caffeine like coffee are more likely to give birth to SGA (small for gestational age) babies or babies with lower than the normal birth weight given their gestational age.  SGA is linked to higher risk of morbidity and death of newborns. Research Verena Sengpiel says that the correlation between consumption of caffeine and fetal growth was established even among women who followed the recommended limit of caffeine intake at 200 mg per day or equivalent to two cups of coffee. The research team conducted a study involving 59,000 pregnant women from […]

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Taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplements, an omega-3 fatty acid may help prevent very short pregnancies or risky premature deliveries in pregnant women, according to a new study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women in the US have been found to have shorter pregnancies compared to women from other developed countries. Furthermore, their babies also tend to have lower birth weights. For these reasons, lead author Susan Carlson a nutritionist at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City believes that the results of their study are important. She says that many women in the U.S. […]

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A new study shows that babies born to mothers who are obese or overweight already have thickened aorta, the main artery that comes from the heart.  Moreover, this thickening of the artery is independent of birth weight.  This arterial thickening is a known risk factor for heart disease and stroke later in life.  The study was published online in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood. Researchers studied twenty-three women who are 16 weeks pregnant.  The average age of women was 35 with BMI (body mass index) ranging from 17 to 42 kg/m2.  A BMI of […]

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Junk Food Addiction in Moms Passed to Babies

A pregnant mother’s diet is believed to be critical to her baby’s future health, and most studies show that this has something to do with the child’s growth and development. However, new research reveals that a mother’s diet could also influence her child’s future eating habits or addictions. New research published in The FASEB Journal suggests that consuming junk food during pregnancy can cause changes in the brain involving the development of the opioid signaling pathway of unborn children. These changes result in babies being less sensitive to opioids, which are natural chemicals released upon consumption of foods that are […]

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Sudden Infant Deaths Linked to Moms’ Drinking

A new Australian study suggests that mothers who are heavy drinkers of alcohol increase the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) in infants through alcohol exposure while in the womb. Furthermore, mothers who drink after their babies are born, create environmental risk factors to their children. SIDS, which is also known as sudden unexpected infant death, is defined by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the death of a child under one year old with no obvious cause. According to CDC, in the U.S. alone, there are around 4,500 of SIDS cases every year. The […]

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