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Both postpartum blues (PPB) and then the more significant postpartum depression (PPD) occur within the first days-12 months postpartum. In women who have a more severe version of PPB, they are at about a 23% risk of PPD vs. those without severe PPB who have a 6% risk of PPD. PPB affects about 75% of […]

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Researchers in this study examined the use of fish oils during pregnancy and if it could prevent asthma in their children. A total of 736 pregnant Danish women were randomized to receive 2.4 gm per day of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) derived from a fish oil supplement or a placebo during the […]

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Fenugreek seed has a long tradition of being used as an agent to increase the production of breast milk (“galactagogue”). There is general agreement among health care advisory organizations, including the World Health Organization, breast feeding is recommended for at least 6 months, due to its short and long term health benefits to the recipient. […]

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Lavender flower essential oil has a long traditional history of use for anxiety and stress, but also some modern meaningful scientific research confirming its excellent effectiveness in treating general anxiety disorders. Here is yet another recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study comparing the effects of a lavender cream and foot bathing on anxiety, stress and even […]

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A recent study using black cohosh, demonstrates a new addition to a natural medicine strategy for addressing PCOS. One hundred women with PCOS were recruited and seen in a clinic in Egypt. Women were randomly assigned to receive either 40 mg/day of black cohosh for 10 days or 100 mg/day of clomiphene for 5 days. […]

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Data on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women military personnel was evaluated at the Veterans Administration to determine the association between PTSD within 1 year of delivery and risk or a history of a prior diagnosis of PTSD and the risk of preterm birth. In more than 16,000 deliveries, 19% were in women with PTSD […]

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An Italian study at a fertility center conducted a study to assess in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes in women who were of normal body weight, of reproductive and with adequate ovarian follicles. Women with a vitamin D serum level < 20 ng/mL (considered deficient) were compared with those having > 20 ng/mL (optimal levels = […]

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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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