Breast is milk is best when it comes to feeding baby, yet many mothers opt to bottle feed instead. The amount of research supporting the positive health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby is astounding and the studies don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Deciding whether or not breastfeed is a big decision, so what exactly determines that choice? UK researchers decided to find out.
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Pregnancy cravings can range from healthy to down right strange but if you have a hankering for country-style breakfasts while expecting you’re in luck. A new study found that a nutrient found in these foods may actually help the fetus develop the memory regions of the brain.
Aside from “when are you due?”, “is it a boy or a girl?” is the most common question an expecting mum hears. Regardless of whether or not parents choose to find out the sex of the baby ahead of time, the gender of the baby is determined months before science or technology can confirm for certain. Gender was thought to be determined by the simple combination of sex chromosomes, but a recent study found out that the ovaries may have to suppress their inner male.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a bunch: breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits to both baby and mother. Breast milk provides the most optimal mix of nutrients along with immune boosting antibodies giving babies a healthy start and can be a predictor of health status when baby grows up. When it comes to mothers, breastfeeding is equally impactful on mom’s future health status as a recent study found that it can protect women from metabolic syndrome.
Upon discovery of being pregnant, women typically begin to make big lifestyle changes. Of those lifestyle changes, women can question any medications currently being taken and forgo medications altogether without discussing with their physician first. With the case of asthma medication, previous studies have found that the benefits outweigh the risk as a severe asthma attack can potentially harm a fetus. A recent study echoes previous research revealing untreated asthma during pregnancy can pass the condition to the child. (more…)
It is well known that breastfeeding is the feeding method most recommended by physicians across the globe as it provides health benefits to both mother and baby. Breast milk is nutrient dense loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals as well as a unique artillery of antibodies to help boost a baby’s immune system right from the start. Those nutrients of course come from the mum and her diet, sometimes at a mother’s expense. (more…)
The current global economic climate has caused everyone to rethink many aspects of life. From grocery shopping to kids’ extra curricular activities, budgets are a bit tighter and money spending much more judicious. Revamping a food budget isn’t the only thing giving adults pause these days, as a recent survey reported that women are also rethinking motherhood.
It has been said many times that breast is best when it comes to infant feeding and current research continues to support this adage. Despite this knowledge, many women do not breastfeed either for a variety of reasons. One reason, as studies have shown, is that most hospitals do not provide adequate support for mothers who wish to breastfeed. A recent study found that certain post partum medications may also hinder a woman’s ability to nurse. (more…)
There is a growing trend in the new millennia and that is women having babies much later in life. Although, as Mum Mum’s recently reported, fertility later in life is equated with a familial longer life expectancy; health risks during pregnancy do increase with age. There is new concern that this trend may lead to high risk pregnancy complications.
Recent reports have found iron deficiency during pregnancy may result in problems with language acquisition for the baby during early childhood. While most expecting women are given prenatal vitamins by their health care provider which provide some of their daily iron needs, many women are still iron deficient during pregnancy.