I guess it's appropriate that most of the news I found this week pertains to pregnancy...we are about to welcome a new set of families to the Sweet Pea Births' family tomorrow night!
Some neat news from the research front, plus another confirmation that Dr. Bradley and Dr. Brewer were right when they told mothers to avoid harmful substances long before research could prove just how dangerous chemicals and processed foods really are.
Fertility drugs, not IVF, are top cause of multiple births
Drugs that help women become pregnant have replaced in vitro fertilization as
the main culprit behind high-risk multiple births, according to a study looking
at births of triplets and higher-order multiples.
"IVF, which is usually the one we tend to point fingers at, was not the
leading culprit," says Eli Adashi, a professor of obstetrics and
gynecology at Brown University who was senior author of the study,
published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
For the rest of the story from 89.3 KPCC here: http://bit.ly/1bk3mjk
Study finds that chronic snoring is associated with both smaller babies and increase
in cesarean sections
Moms who snored three or more nights a week had a higher risk of poor delivery
outcomes – including Cesarean births and delivering smaller babies – according
to the research that appears in the scientific journal Sleep. The study is
believed to be the largest of its kind to link maternal snoring to baby health
by following moms from pregnancy through delivery.
Read more about the study here: http://bit.ly/IJeXCL
Pregnancy and peripartum risk factors associated with childhood ADHD
While ADHD has a known genetic component, environmental factors also play an
important role in mediating the impact of underlying influences. This large
case-control study examined the potential association of specific prenatal and
perinatal environmental factors with subsequent ADHD diagnoses in the
For more info read this: http://bit.ly/1jgNtBU
Research shows selenium can reduce pre-eclampsia
Health Institute researchers Dr Jessica Vanderlelie and
Professor Tony Perkins have discovered selenium, a mineral naturally found in
food, is the key to reducing the risk of the most common pregnancy
complication, particularly in overweight women.
Read more about the research here: http://bit.ly/1jgWIC1
Find a Top 10 list of Foods Highest in Selenium here: http://bit.ly/1jgWHxX
Preterm Birth Linked to Chemicals Found in Personal Products
Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, a group of hormone-mimicking chemicals
found in personal care products and processed foods, may have an increased risk
of preterm delivery, a new study suggests.
More from Scientific American here: http://bit.ly/IErpmq
Retinal imaging may help assess pregnancy outcomes
Local researchers have found that retinal imaging examinations during pregnancy
may help to assess pregnancy outcomes.
Studies have shown
that abnormal retinal blood vessels are associated not only with hypertension
but also stroke and cardiovascular mortality.
Preliminary findings showed that women with smaller eye
vessels during pregnancy had a higher chance of a smaller foetal growth.
The study also found retinal abnormalities in mothers with
high blood pressure or pre-pregnancy obesity.
The rest from Channel NewsAsia here: http://bit.ly/1bk07bA
New Zealand study shows: Smoking during pregnancy damages placenta
Lead author Dr Tania Slatter of the Department of Pathology said smoking in
pregnancy has long been linked to lower birth weights and increased risk of
serious complications, though the exact mechanisms are unknown.
Now, Slatter and colleagues have identified greatly increased rates of
double-strand DNA breaks in smokers' placental cells. Such breaks are a severe
form of DNA damage that can lead to cells becoming genetically unstable.
They also found that the more cigarettes a woman smoked, the greater the DNA
The rest of the study findings here: http://bit.ly/1bk3IGK
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