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Peanuts to the Rescue!

In this study, children of women who participated in the Nurses Health Study II (NHSII) and the Growing Up Today Study 2 (GUTS2) and were born between January 1990 and Dec 31, 1994 were identified. A questionnaire was sent out in 2009 to the mother of every child in these two studies in order to […]

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Iron supplementation During Pregnancy

Iron deficient anemia affects 38% of pregnant women around the world and is clearly one of the reasons prenatal iron supplements are recommended. Researchers in this systematic review and meta-analysis analyzed 48 randomized trials of iron supplementation, involving 17,793 women and 44 cohort studies of maternal anemia and birth outcomes involving 2 million women. Iron […]

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Folic acid & Autism

It has been known for some time now that folic acid supplementation during pregnancy can protect against neural tube defects. More recently though, there is some evidence that it may be associated with lower occurrences of other neurodevelopmental disorders. In the current study, researchers used data from a nationwide Norwegian group of > 85,000 children […]

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Most women tend to think of the time period during their pregnancy and lactation as the area of focus for their nutritional and lifestyle improvement efforts. Increasingly though, practitioners, consumers and patients alike, are realizing that not only does taking care of oneself during the reproductive years affect a healthy pregnancy and offspring, but nutritional […]

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Questionnaires were mailed to 8505 women in Canada who were randomly selected from the Quebec Pregnancy Registry. In the end, 3183 were included in the study. Others were returned to sender, or excluded due to missing data or multiple birth pregnancies. This analysis included cases of women who delivered a baby < 2500 g; these […]

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Breastfeeding difficulty and postpartum depression

The first two weeks after giving birth appears to be an important time in the association between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Researchers at the University of North Carolina studied 2,586 women who had breastfed. A history of postpartum major depression score was reported by 223 of them. Women who had disliked breastfeeding in that first […]

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Prenatal Vitamins and Autism

The Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study is a population-based case-control study of Northern California families. Using standardized clinical assessments, enrolling 288 children aged 24–60, with autism and 144 with autism spectrum disorders, and compared them with 278 children who were developing normally. Researchers calculated the odds ratios for associations between autism […]

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Maternal folate levels for the prevention of neural tube defects are considered a mainstay message for women of childbearing age. Side effects of synthetic folic acid supplementation have received some attention recently due to potential side effects. The most familiar is the potential to interfere with the diagnosis of a vitamin B12 deficiency related neurologic […]

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Probiotics in Pregnant Women to Prevent Allergies

This randomized, double-blind trial of children was conducted in women who received probiotic milk or placebo from 36 weeks of pregnancy to 3 months postpartum during breastfeeding. Women were given 250 mL of probiotic low fat fermented milk or 250 mL placebo skimmed fermented milk per day. The probiotic milk contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), […]

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Ginger and Nausea/Vomiting of Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting are the most common unpleasant symptoms during pregnancy. 50% to 90% of women experience these complications. This study was a single-blind controlled randomized clinical trial in women up to 20 weeks of pregnancy in Iran. 32 women received ginger and 35 received placebo. One ginger (250 mg) or placebo capsule four times […]

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