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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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Previous studies have shown the effects of feeding DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, to infants, suggesting that the supplements can influence their cognitive and intellectual development. University of Kansas researchers are now conducting a 10-year, double-blind randomized controlled trial to see if supplementation in pregnant mothers can benefit their children’s intelligence and school readiness, based on the knowledge that DHA accumulates most rapidly in the fetal brain during pregnancy. The results from the first five years of the study were recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Susan Carlson and John Colombo, University of Kansas professors, […]

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Too Much Coffee Lowers Babies’ Weights

New research reveals the association of caffeine from all sources (such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and food containing cocoa like deserts, cakes and chocolates) with SGA babies (small for gestational age) as well as low birth weight and extended duration of pregnancy. Moreover, intake of caffeine from coffee was linked to an even longer length of pregnancy. The new study was published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Medicine. The project led by Dr. Verena Sengpiel investigated the impact of caffeine intake of mothers on their babies during pregnancy. About 60,000 pregnancies were included in the study and […]

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Proper Diet and Exercise for Obese Pregnant Women

Researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy report that regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle that begins during the first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women, which can help avoid complications like hypertension, preterm delivery, and gestational diabetes. Dr. Fabio Facchinetti, author of the study, states that according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States, women of normal body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) could gain 11-16 kilograms during pregnancy. However, obese women (with BMI > 25) should not gain more than 5-9 […]

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