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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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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that gestational diabetes affects up to 10% of pregnant women in the US. This condition is characterized by increased blood sugar levels during pregnancy, which may be undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in complications for both the mother and the baby. Women who have a family history of diabetes or who are obese or overweight have an increased risk for gestational diabetes. A small pilot study conducted by Dr. Rosario D’Anna of the Department of Obstetrics at University Hospital in Messina, Italy, showed that supplementation with myo-inositol could reduce women’s risk for […]

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Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid recently published a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which examined the effects of maternal diet on fetal growth and the baby’s risk for developing diabetes. While previous studies have shown how an inadequate maternal diet can reduce glucose supply to the fetus and impede growth, author Francisco J. Sánchez-Muniz explains that the effects of an imbalance in proteins, carbohydrate and fats in the mother’s diet on fetal growth is not well-known. The study formed part of the Estudio Mérida project which investigates various parameters in mothers and their newborns. Although […]

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Preventing Smoking Relapse in New Mothers

One reason why women temporarily quit smoking is pregnancy. However, nearly 50-80% of women who quit smoking during pregnancy experience a relapse shortly after giving birth. Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center led by Thomas H. Brandon, Ph.D., senior member at Moffitt and chair of the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior tested a self-help intervention aimed to help new mother from going back to their smoking habit after quitting during pregnancy. According to them, smoking is not only harmful for the mothers, but their babies, too, since they may be dangerously exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Research shows that […]

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Researchers found that babies of mothers who had adequate vitamin D levels score higher in tests for brain development than babies of those who had lower levels of the vitamin during pregnancy. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, involved more than 1,800 mothers who were evaluated for vitamin D levels during the second trimester (between the 4th to 6th months) of their pregnancy. Their babies were then tested for mental development and movement skills at 14 months of age, using standardized tests that lasted for about an hour. The investigators observed that babies of mothers who had optimum vitamin […]

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