A bigger selection of topics today...check out the news if you are "trying" to get pregnant, and more motivation to keep your pregnancy healthy, low-risk and as stress-free as possible. Also, new study from ACOG that shows that there may be risks with the use of Pitocin.
Happy Thursday to all of you!
P.S. I also did an early morning posting of our Wordless Wednesday
from yesterday...the day got away from me! Enjoy a peek into our home as we celebrate the season.
Low folate in male diet linked to risk of offspring birth defects
“Previous research has shown that what mothers eat during pregnancy
affects the health of their offspring. But now, a new study suggests that a
father's diet prior to conception could also play an important role in their
child's health, particularly when it comes to consumption of folate.”
Medical News Today http://bit.ly/1h3oVdw
Right amount of fat and protein, key to babies
early childhood diet and that of the mother during pregnancy determines the
health of a child later life. This is the claim that the EU-funded research
project Early Nutrition is trying to substantiate by the time it is due to be
completed in 2017."
From Medical Xpress http://bit.ly/1h3mTKr
Study shows moms may pass effects of stress to offspring via vaginal bacteria
newborn passes through the birth canal, the microbiome of a mother’s vagina
ends up in the offspring’s gut. In the first study, the team, led by Tracy L.
Bale, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine,
Department of Psychiatry and the School of Veterinary Medicine Department of
Animal Biology at Penn, found that changes in the microbiome produced by stress
in pregnant mice altered the microbe population in the newborn’s gut and
correlated to changes in the developing brain.”
“In a parallel animal study, Bale and colleagues were looking for predictive
biomarkers of maternal stress and found that a specific protein in the
placenta, OGT, may have implications for brain development in offspring. The
single enzyme is known as O-linked-N-acetylglucosamine transferase or “OGT,”
which is important in a wide variety of regulatory functions, including
The researchers found that placentas associated with male mouse pups had lower
levels of OGT than the placentas associated with female pups, and levels of OGT
in the placenta were even lower when their moms were stressed.”
The Almagest http://bit.ly/1h3nBaI
Early lung infection exacerbates asthma risk in preterm birth children
Study Finds Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns
"A Swedish study of children admitted to hospital within the first year of life for lung infection has found that the increased risk this poses for later development of asthma is exacerbated by low gestational age.
Early respiratory infection and preterm birth are both known to be markers of increased subsequent asthma risk, but the relationship between these two factors has been unclear."
"These results suggest that Pitocin use is associated with adverse effects on
neonatal outcomes. It underscores the importance of using valid medical
indications when Pitocin is used.”
Vaginal Births Without Epidural Anesthesia Lead To Happier Moms, Point To
Potential Cure For Postpartum Depression
"Maternity care may play
a role in determining a mother’s overall level of satisfaction during birth and
months after labor. A mother’s decision on the mode of baby delivery and
whether they opt for pain relief during labor will affect her overall
happiness. A recent study finds a vaginal birth
without epidural anesthesia increases the odds of happiness for new moms."
From Medical Daily http://bit.ly/18FRafX
Home births are up and less expensive than hospital births
"For the third straight year the United
States has fallen in rank in the World Health Organization’s international
ranking for maternal mortality. The U.S. currently ranks 58,
meaning in 57 nations women have a better chance of surviving childbirth than
they do here. The U.S. fares a little better in infant mortality, ranking 34 in
the world at keeping infants alive through the birth process. If this sounds
outrageous, consider also that the U.S. spends more money on maternity health
care than any other developed nation. Licensed midwife Sondra Londino, who
recently opened Birthroot Midwifery, a private practice in the Fall Creek area,
explains why out-of-hospital births have increased by 41 percent from 2004-2010
and how a midwifed home birth provides a safe and satisfying birth
Ithaca Times : News http://bit.ly/18FSsHX
Retrospective cohort study: Timely Progestin Lowers Risk for Preterm Birth
report suggests that progestin prophylaxis can reduce the rate of recurrent
spontaneous preterm birth when barriers to care and treatment are aggressively
removed and that the gestational age at initiation may affect the success of
progestin prophylaxis," the authors write.”
Safe Baby Wearing: Facing in or Facing Out?
people find out that I'm an at-home Dad, there's often an image that comes to
mind that is not quite accurate, and is largely fueled by the "TV
depiction" of stay-at-home and work-at-home Dads: A group of four or five
guys standing around a park with outward-facing babies dangling from their
chests. If this happens anywhere, I have not witnessed it, nor been a part of such
a gathering in the past 4+ years of my career as a parent. When I have seen
babies worn by other parents (and sometimes myself), the big question has
always been "which way is the right way - inward or outward." It's been the subject of vigorous
debate among parents, but the folks at Boba Family just might have
the answer, and that answer is inward.”
From The Rock Father http://bit.ly/1jT1lT5
Malnutrition Decreased With Breastfeeding
Christophe Lacroix at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, ETH-Zurich,
led a study which found the important good bacteria that babies receive
from breast milk comes from their mothers gut. This is part of the innate
support that assists babies with acquiring strong immune systems. It is also
part of building colonic health and the babies gut.”
Las Vegas Guardian Express http://bit.ly/18FOWNH
Just for fun:
maybe we should have therapy dogs for labor!
Therapy Dogs Help Students De-Stress During Finals
"Whether it's taking a break from the books, the workplace, or even the crowds
at some of the country's busiest airports, four-legged friends are being used
to help people feel good.
Scientifically, that's exactly what they're doing. Dr.
Katherine Zupancic is a professor at SCC and says when people play with animals
during stressful times, a hormone called Oxytocin is released that makes people
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