Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Amnio, Down’s, Miscarriage, & Money

    Amnio, Down’s, Miscarriage, & Money

    Amniocentesis to detect Down Syndrome is cost effective for pregnant women at any age according to a study in the January 24, 2004 Lancet.  For years Amnio has been offered to women over age 35.  This cut off age was set because researchers assumed that the fear of miscarriage was about equal to the fear […]

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  • Pack it in, Pack it out

    Pack it in, Pack it out

    The right type of pregnancy weight gain benefits both you and your baby. Happily, the right type of weight gain is also the kind that turns out to be easiest to shed, according to research published in the November 2003 American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. We’ve known for awhile that the right amount of […]

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  • What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?

    What If Mom’s Mother Smoked Years Ago?

    Sometimes our actions ripple onward to our children and our children’s children. Babies born during the Dutch winter famine of 1944-45 had birthweights that varied depending on what trimester they were in when the famine struck. Those who were deprived during the first trimester ended up heavier than average when they were born, and as […]

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  • Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    Climb a Mountain, Drink Tea, or Be a Friend

    In a Herculean effort to draw attention to breast cancer, a group of women climbers, including several breast cancer survivors, reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.  Through their climb they also helped to raise money for breast cancer research. 

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  • Protecting Babies from HIV

    Protecting Babies from HIV

    My heart goes out to pregnant women with HIV. Even though treatments for HIV continue to improve, its presence casts a dark shadow over a special time. In 2002, about 800,000 babies caught HIV from their mothers. Now, a simple AIDS drug called nevirapine has proven far better than the old standard zidovudine at preventing […]

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  • Cesarean Delivery & Food Allergies

    Cesarean Delivery & Food Allergies

    Children born by C-section to allergic mothers are more than 4 times more likely to develop proven egg allergies than are peers born vaginally, according to a fascinating study in the August 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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  • Healthy Babies and Mom’s Gum Health

    Healthy Babies and Mom’s Gum Health

    The right dental treatment can increase the odds of giving birth to a healthy baby, according to a study in the August 2003 Journal of Periodontology. We’ve known for some time that gum disease in moms is connected to a higher rate of preterm births, and all of the associated health problems. We haven’t known […]

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  • Common Over-the-Counter Medicines & Miscarriage

    Common Over-the-Counter Medicines & Miscarriage

    Women who take aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.), or naproxen (Alleve) during pregnancy or just before may have an 80 percent increased risk of miscarriage, according to a study in the August 16, 2003 British Medical Journal. The study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Walk for Your Baby, for Yourself

    Walk for Your Baby, for Yourself

    Regular physical activity during the year before pregnancy and at least during the first half of pregnancy has been associated with both healthier babies and moms according to a study published in the June 2003 issue of Hypertension. Walking and other moderate physical activity begun during pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of preeclampsia, […]

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  • Diet and Skin

    Diet and Skin

    Baby soft, smooth skin in young children could be partly the result of what their mothers ate during pregnancy and nursing, according to a study reported in the May 31, 2003 issue of The Lancet. Beneficial bacteria, such as those found in active culture yogurt, acidophilus milk, or probiotic supplements appear to be a gentle […]

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