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Micronutrients During Pregnancy And Lactation

There is a growing awareness that anaemic pregnant and lactating women in developing countries are likely to be deficient in many other micronutrients besides iron and folate. Candidate nutrients include vitamin A. zinc and the B-vitamins. These deficiencies are caused by an inadequate dietary intake, exacerbated by the nutrient demands of the rapidly growing foetus…

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Breast Feeding & Childhood Leukaemia

Childhood leukemia or cancer of the white blood cells is the most common type of cancer in children and teens. The benefits of breastfeeding have been reiterated in a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics that reports an association between breastfeeding and lower risk of childhood leukemia. Risk Factors Leukemia is the…

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

With increasing number of women consuming alcohol during pregnancy there is a rise in  birth defects and developmental disabilities in babies, as well as an increased risk of other pregnancy problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, and prematurity. One in 10 (10.2 percent) pregnant women in the United States alone aged 18 to 44 years report drinking…

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Too Much Weight During Pregnancy Vs. Kid’s Obesity

Eating healthily during those all-important nine months can stop your child becoming obese, and avoid mental-health and social issues. Researches have confirmed that an in-utero diet high in fat or sugar can lead to the child growing up obese. “A mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter the DNA of her child and increase the risk…

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Birth Control Pill & Weight Gain

Birth control Pills are basically oral contraceptives, used by women to avoid unwanted pregnancy. These contraceptive pills mainly contain two hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are synthetic versions of the natural female hormones. They primarily function by preventing ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the…

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Maternal Obesity Vs. Birth Defects

Women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have babies with birth defects than are mothers of normal weight, a US study suggests. (The study was published in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine). Researchers interviewed 10,249 American women whose babies were born with birth defects between 1997…

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Managing Thyroid Disorder During Pregnancy

Thyroid disease is present in 2-5 percent of all women and 1-2 percent of women in the reproductive age group. Thyroid problems are common in women who are pregnant. Several of the thyroid disorders which tend to occur during pregnancy are autoimmune in nature. By this we mean that the body develops antibodies directed against…

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