Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Vaginal Birth Reduces Allergies

    Vaginal Birth Reduces Allergies

    One of the benefits of vaginal birth is the gift of Mom’s beneficial bacteria to the baby. Normally, these quickly take up residence in the newborn’s gut. Cesarean sections can be life-saving interventions, but the sterile environment they require can change or delay beneficial bacteria making their home in the baby’s intestinal tract.

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  • Count to 30 and Cut

    Count to 30 and Cut

    The timing of clamping and cutting the umbilical cord can make a difference in babies’ health – especially for babies born early. Clamping too late can lead to blood thickening, lung problems, and can interfere with important efforts to help get the baby breathing. On the other hand, clamping too early can deprive the baby […]

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  • preeclampsia

    A New Clue to an Old Mystery

    About 1 in 12 women who are pregnant develop an important combination of swelling, elevated blood pressure, and protein in the urine that we call preeclampsia. The unborn baby’s symptoms are not as easy to detect, but are at least as important. Preeclampsia is a serious health issue for both babies and mothers. Its cause […]

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  • What Color Eyes Will Your Baby Have?

    What Color Eyes Will Your Baby Have?

    In Dr. Greene’s groundbreaking book From First Kicks to First Steps he describes how eye colors (and many other things) are inherited. How will the traits of Mom and Dad combine to create a brand new life?

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  • Pregnant and Depressed?

    Pregnant and Depressed?

    Health Canada has issued an August 2004 advisory that certain anti-depressant medicines taken during the third trimester of pregnancy may cause symptoms in the baby at birth. Health Canada is the country’s federal department responsible health.

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  • Reducing Caesarean Sections

    Reducing Caesarean Sections

    Because of the high rate of caesarean sections in Latin America, researchers thought they might be able to reduce the c-section rate by 25 percent (without any additional complications) by instituting a policy requiring a mandatory second opinion based on the best existing scientific evidence before every c-section. The huge study included 149, 276 deliveries […]

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  • Omega 3's, Colostrum, and Allergies

    Omega 3′s, Colostrum, and Allergies

    As I describe in my book, From First Kicks to First Steps what mothers eat while they are pregnant influences the health and development of their babies in many ways. Each meal can be a gift to your baby even before you get to see each other. Among other things, some food choices can influence […]

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  • Dental X-Rays

    Dental X-Rays

    A lead apron to protect the reproductive organs may not be enough to protect a developing baby when her mother has dental x-rays. Researchers at the University of Washington analyzed the pregnancies of 5,585 women and found that that those who had received dental x-rays were more than 3 times more likely to deliver a […]

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  • Down Syndrome Testing and Vegetarians

    Down Syndrome Testing and Vegetarians

    Pregnant women who are vegetarians may be unnecessarily worried by prenatal screening tests, according to a study from the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei. The study followed the pregnancies of more than 200 women, half of them vegetarians.  Results were published in the February 2004 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Beta HCG, the […]

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  • Healthier Babies and Insect Sprays: A Change That Worked

    Healthier Babies and Insect Sprays: A Change That Worked

    Women who wouldn’t consider smoking while pregnant might not think twice about putting flea collars on their pets or spraying to control cockroaches. Thankfully, somebody did. While revelers were celebrating at midnight on New Year’s Eve 2000, a new federal regulation quietly went into effect banning an insecticide, chlorpyrifos, at least from products that say […]

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