There seems to be great reasons why pregnant women should treat themselves with chocolate. This is because these luscious treats are found to improve a pregnant woman’s condition by preventing certain complications including pre-eclampsia. According to studies, chocolate can not only relieve a pregnant woman’s stress levels but also makes happier babies.
Dark chocolate can help prevent pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia is one among many causes of premature birth which also claims the lives of many babies. This condition occurs in pregnant women and is often characterized by high blood pressure. When a pregnant woman’s blood pressure rises, this can lead to convulsions. It may also lead to blood clotting as well as cause damage in the liver. In some cases, pre-eclampsia may also cause the kidneys to fail from functioning.
According to the reports from the Annals of Epidemiology however, the theobromine content in cocoa can help prevent the condition. Research from Yale University concludes after questioning dietary habits of 2,500 pregnant women that those who eat chocolate regularly are 50 percent less likely to suffer from pre-eclampsia during the pregnancy.
Chocolate aids in proper blood pressure regulation
Cocoa, which is used to make chocolate, contains theobromine which
An unmarried and undecided man is on his way home when he receives a phone call from his girlfriend. They’ve been dating on and off for many months now; she wants a commitment. He’s undecided. When he hears her voice come through the line, it’s unsteady, but giddy with excitement. For a month now, she has thought of ways to make him want a more committed relationship — hoping he’d propose. Instead, he’s been nonchalant.
This has made her feel unwanted, especially when he goes out for the weekend without her. Desperate to end the tug-of-war game, she’s thought up a way to corner him. She is hoping that the big news of a baby on the way will make him think more about their future together.
There’s only one way to find out… Her voice comes through the phone a little nervous, yet excited, saying “I’m pregnant.” He pauses, as the unexpected news fills his ears.
Little does he know, she had found a positive pregnancy test for sale online… Little does he know, his own girlfriend went behind his back to con him into believing she is pregnant…
New research conducted at the University of Adelaide and published in The Journal of Nutrition has shown that women who consumed a poor diet before conceiving had roughly 50 percent higher risk of having a preterm birth as compared to those who ate a healthy diet. This is the first piece of research to look at what women ate before becoming pregnant and how it affected birth outcomes.
Preterm birth (delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy) has been linked to significant short and long-term negative health effects. Almost 3 out of every 4 newborn deaths are linked to preterm delivery.
“Preterm birth is a leading cause of infant disease and death and occurs in approximately one in 10 pregnancies globally. Anything we can do to better understand the conditions that lead to preterm birth will be important in helping to improve survival and long-term health outcomes for children,” said Dr Jessica Grieger, the leader of the research team.
The research team from the university’s Robinson Research Institute had looked at the eating habits of over 300 women in South Australia. They found that women who had diets consistently abundant in protein and fruits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 88 children in the U.S. has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) — but little is known about how the disorder develops and methods for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment are limited. But now comes word from a large study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that offers hope autism and related disorders can be prevented before birth, naturally. The key? Taking prenatal folic acid supplements.
The research, compiled from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) and its sub-study of autism, the Autism Birth Cohort (ABC) Study, an international collaboration between the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Columbia University in New York, comprises the largest prospective birth cohort study designed to zero in on gene-environment interactions and biomarker discovery for neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism.
In all, 85,176 MoBa babies born between 2002 and 2008 and their parents participated in the study. Diets were recorded and records were kept on the development of autism spectrum disorders. The researchers found 270 cases of autism spectrum disorders in the children who participated in the study. However, moms who took folic acid supplements in early
For several decades, consuming alcohol during pregnancy was considered a no-no. Many neurological studies on young children whose mothers were heavy drinkers helped derive a set of developmental and behavioral impairments known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
Mothers who are borderline alcoholic or worse often give birth to FAS children, who are impaired with learning disabilities, decision making disabilities, growth and sociability impairments, and sometimes with an IQ that falls into the retarded range.
Not a politically correct term, but one that was used in a 1999 Wayne University (Detroit) meta-study analysis of several other studies on FAS and alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND).
ARND is the lesser of two evils, a shadow of FAS symptoms, but often marked by attention or impulsive behavior, even Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ARND was observationally discovered among children whose mothers drank moderately, usually one or two drinks daily for a few days each week.
ARND was more pronounced on children whose mothers were over 30 and drank moderately during pregnancy than women under 30 who drank moderately. Reading and arithmetic learning was slow among ARND children, but usually with an intact IQ.
It was also discovered that having several drinks in
Two recent studies have shown an association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism in children. The risk of having an autistic child was doubled by the use of antidepressants taken during pregnancy. A large Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal included more than 1,600 autistic children whose mothers took any kind of antidepressant during their pregnancy. The results showed an increased incidence of autism in the antidepressant group compared to a control group.
A second study published in 2011 showed a 2-fold increased risk of autism if mothers took antidepressants in the year before delivery and a 3-fold increased risk with antidepressant use in the first trimester of pregnancy. These results were compared to mothers with a known history of mental illness, but without use of antidepressants and their children did not show an increased risk of autism.
The authors suggest that the explanation for this association may be that antidepressants alter serotonin mechanisms in the brain of the fetus. Many autistic children have elevated levels of serotonin in the blood with deficient brain serotonin levels or abnormal serotonin synthesis or receptor binding. They also note that animal studies have shown that antidepressant use
Most NaturalNews readers have anywhere from a vague understanding to a first-hand experience of acupuncture. But moxibustion needs to be explained a little.
With moxibustion, heat is applied to acupuncture points instead of needles. The purpose is to move Qi or chi as needle stimulations do, but also to remove cold from one’s system. More details are available from source (1) below.
In vitro fertilization is codified as IVF. In vitro refers to lab glass containers, usually petri dishes; in vivo is a reference to live whole organisms, from rats to humans.
IVF takes an ova or ovum (egg or eggs) from an infertile woman’s ovaries, fertilizing it or them into a petri dish (in vitro), then removing the zygote (fertilized egg or eggs) from the lab environment and inserting into the woman’s uterus. (2)
In vivo procedures to circumvent infertility involve a real human donor who is impregnated with the injected sperm of the infertile woman’s husband or another donor’s sperm. As the embryo begins to form in the donor’s ovaries, it is removed and inserted into the infertile woman.
The embryo in vivo technique was accomplished a few years before IVF was created in 1978. IVF became the preferred infertility intervention because lab
Research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food reveals that spirulina protects unborn babies from being damaged by cadmium exposure.
This is a hugely important finding because cadmium, a highly-toxic heavy metal, is routinely found in rice and other common foods. Even organic brown rice often contains as much as 3 ppm of cadmium, Natural News has learned from laboratory tests.
Cadmium causes permanent kidney damage and bio-accumulates with alarming speed because it mimics potassium in the way it gets absorbed and integrated into the body’s tissues. Even worse, cadmium has approximately a 20-year half-life in the human body, meaning your body will naturally eliminate half of your current cadmium load roughly every two decades. (Do not be confused by the term “half-life,” as cadmium is not radioactive.)
Right now, our global food supply is heavily contaminated with cadmium, in large part due to the fact that so much food is now coming from China, a nation where cadmium pollution runs rampant. If spirulina can help pregnant women protect their unborn babies from cadmium toxicity, it could help prevent birth defects while dramatically reducing medical costs associated with metals poisoning.
Mice fed spirulina were able to protect their babies from cadmium-induced fetal damage
The viability of in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an effective way to become pregnant is on the upswing, thanks to a recent discovery out of the U.K. New technology that prescreens embryos for genetic defects before implanting them has the potential to boost IVF success rates by as much as 50 percent or more, say some experts, which is already making it more feasible for couples who otherwise cannot do so naturally to have children.
Currently, IVF is a largely inconsistent alternative to normal pregnancy, often ending in disappointing failure. As many as 80 percent of all IVF embryos, in fact, fail to successfully implant due to abnormal chromosomes that remain undetected during conventional screenings. But the new technology makes it possible to analyze large portions of embryonic DNA for chromosome defects prior to implant, allowing for a much higher success rate.
Known as next-generation sequencing (NGS), the technology is capable of quickly scanning the human genome for any atypical patterns that might inhibit a successful implant. According to the U.K.’s Independent, machines that utilize NGS can scan millions of strands of DNA from a single cell taken from an embryo and produce instant and accurate results. From this, fertility doctors can
They often get looked down upon by conventional OB/GYNs, family physicians and other mainstream doctors, but midwives may actually be better equipped to safely deliver babies than the labor and delivery staff at your average hospital. This is according to a new review recently published in The Cochrane Library, which found that mothers who choose a midwife as their primary care provider throughout pregnancy are more likely to avoid experiencing pre-term birth or requiring outside care from an obstetrician during childbirth.
Researchers from both the United Kingdom and Ireland made this discovery after poring through data from 13 different trials that looked at pregnancy outcomes. Collectively, these trials included a total of 16,242 women, most of whom were considered to be at low risk of experiencing complications during labor. Rates of regional analgesia (epidural/spinal), caesarean delivery, instrumental vaginal birth (forceps/vacuum), spontaneous vaginal birth, intact perineum, preterm birth and overall fetal loss and neonatal death were all examined and compared among groups of women.
Compared to mothers who chose traditional hospital birth, those who stuck with a midwife were generally found to have a lower risk of complications in almost every evaluated category. Though midwife-attended births were found to last about 30 minutes
Probiotics stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines and the gut. A new analysis encourages pregnant mothers to take probiotics during pregnancy to help lower the risk of allergies in their kids. The good bacteria balance in a mother’s gut is passed to their baby through the placenta and the colustrum of breast milk. Probiotics are a great way to nurture the child even before they are born.
Since allergies and asthma derive from hypersensitive immune responses, medical professionals are now assessing the effect that probiotic supplements have on those conditions.
With over 100 trillion bacterial microorganisms living in the human gut, it is absolutely necessary to have a proper balance of gut flora for an immune system to grow strong. Gut bacteria balance may be one of the most overlooked health systems in the human body today, noting the massive overprescription of antibiotics, which destroy good gut flora. Medical science could eliminate many modern day, heavy-metal laden vaccinations if more people understood that a strong immune system begins in the gut.
Antibiotics destroy good gut flora
Antibiotics, which kill both bad and beneficial bacteria, are overprescribed and consumed without regard to the damage they are doing to beneficial bacteria in the
As the rate of childhood peanut allergies in the United States population has more than tripled from 0.4% in 1997 to 1.4% in 2008, it was widely recommended (until 2008) for some expecting mothers to abstain from eating peanuts during their pregnancy and while nursing. A recent 2013 study published in JAMA Pediatrics helps illustrate the positive effects of a mother’s consumption of peanuts/tree nuts. This study indicates that a higher consumption of peanuts and tree nuts during pregnancy was associated with a lower offspring risk of developing the corresponding allergies.
In the Western hemisphere, peanut allergies affects 1% – 2% of the entire population, typically beginning during early childhood. Previous research has pointed at the mother’s consumption of peanuts during pregnancy and while nursing as greatly affecting whether the child will develop peanut allergies. A 2010 study with 503 infant participants demonstrated this association. Likewise, a much smaller (n = 43) South African study also indicated this association between a mother’s peanut consumption and the child developing these allergies.
New research indicates expecting mother’s peanut consumption can be helpful
The 2013 JAMA Pediatrics study paints a very different picture. The cohort study (n = 10,907) demonstrated that a
Reiki, a Japanese energy modality, may seem difficult for the logical mind to understand, but that is because, in the western world, we tend to comprehend only what we can see. When we look at the human body, we see the biological aspects of bones, skin, hair etc. as well as the chemical components of blood and hormones. Researchers have proven that we also embody an energy component. Energy exists within each cell and between each cell – our subtle matter. This energy, when blocked or diminished, can cause imbalances or disease in the body, including fertility problems keeping a woman from becoming pregnant.
In many areas of the world, medical treatments or health and wellness models include the integration of some type of energy medicine to treat the whole body. When one’s energy is out of balance, the body is impacted in some way. This includes the reproductive organs and hormones levels that support ovulation.
What Impacts our Fertility
Our life history impacts and creates the energy dynamics that are occurring in our body. Positive behaviors like good eating habits, exercising, and increasing healthy self-esteem feed a positive energy flow in the body. Constant stress, lack
Getting the right nutrients and eating well when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding is vital to your baby’s growth and development. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, the baby’s bones can become soft and more vulnerable to breakage and rickets. Breastfeeding provides the baby with the most nutrients, including most vitamins and minerals, and foods gets their nutrients from healthy soil. So, how do you know what you’re getting if it comes from polluted soil? How do you know if you’re getting any vitamin D at all from your food? Do you need an organic supplement? These questions MUST be answered.
Possibly the most important strategy for healthy bones is a diet full of high-quality, organic, biodynamic and locally grown food. This naturally increases your bone density and decreases risk of developing osteoporosis. The opposite of this food is processed food and food that is grown using pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Pest killers kill nutrition in food immediately, and GMO means that there is pesticide growing in the seeds! GMO can be equated with dead food and dead soil, so guess what? No vitamin D inside. What does that mean for pregnant women?
If the pregnant mother is not getting enough
Not smoking or drinking during pregnancy is one of those “everyone knows” affairs. But not everyone abides by those rules. Health Canada estimates that around 20% of expectant mothers continue smoking.
And some that do abide use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which could be in the form of a gum, lozenges, sprays or transdermal patches.
A Canadian research team located primarily at the University of Western Ontario with support from researchers at McMaster University, both in Canada, decided to look into the mechanics of nicotine’s effects via an animal study. 
They used female Wistar rats separated into two groups. The control group received saline-only injections daily while the test group was injected with nicotine bitartrate at the rate of 1 mg/kg of body weight, replicating the average intake of a human cigarette smoker or one who is using NRT to kick the habit.
The study’s focus was to investigate if nicotine exposure during pregnancy and lactation leads to alterations in hepatic (liver) triglyceride synthesis. The injections of both nicotine for the test group and saline for the control group continued from two weeks prior to mating to after weaning.
180 days after birth
Since this was a prospective study,
A study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs by researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, otherwise known as SSRIs — which are frequently prescribed for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders — was associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays in boys.
The study, which was published in the online version of the journal Pediatrics, examined data from large samples of ASD and delayed development diagnoses by trained clinicians using validated standard instruments, Science Daily reported.
Researchers included 966 mother-child pairs from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) Study, which is a population-based control study originating at the University of California-Davis’ MIND Institute.
Scientists and researchers broke the data into three groups: Those diagnosed with ASD, those with developmental delays and those with prototypical development. Children ranged in ages from two to five years old.
Three times as likely in boys
A majority of the children studied were boys — 82.5 percent in the ASD group were boys, 65.6 percent in the developmentally delayed group were boys, and 85.6 percent in the typical development group were boys. And while the study did include girls, the substantially higher findings
If you are a man, the odds are stacked against you. Today’s world is a literal toxic minefield of feminizing chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) and fluoride that overload men’s systems with estrogen, potentially leading to low testosterone. And a new study has revealed that men’s exposure to such chemicals while in the womb can permanently alter their baseline testosterone levels as adults, leading to a lifetime of hormone-induced health problems.
A team of scientists from the Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland made the discovery after undertaking an investigation into why some men have much higher testosterone levels than other men, even when living relatively similar lifestyles as adults. Recognizing that high testosterone is essential for men’s physical and mental health, the researchers decided to take a closer look at how this hormone is affected during pregnancy.
They looked specifically at Leydig cells, which live in men’s testes and begin generating the testosterone hormone at puberty. The only way these cells are able to function properly is if the stem cells from which they are derived — these stem cells are imparted by the mother during pregnancy — are exposed to
The adverse reproductive effects of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) have once again been demonstrated in the scientific literature. Researchers from Stanford University in California found that the more BPA circulating in a pregnant woman’s bloodstream, the greater her chances of having a miscarriage.
Among 115 pregnant women tested as part of the research, 68 had miscarriages, a percentage roughly three times higher than that of the general population. Upon further investigation, a direct correlation between BPA levels and miscarriage rates was observed, substantiating a growing consensus that BPA directly interferes with human reproduction.
According to Environmental Health News (EHN), all of the women had been admitted to Stanford’s fertility clinic within four weeks of fertilization, and each was tested for BPA levels prior to treatment. The women were then divided into four groups based on their BPA measurements to evaluate the miscarriage rate.
Leading the pack was the group of women with the highest levels of BPA, who were found to be 83 percent more likely than the others to have a miscarriage. Women in the second- and third-highest exposure groups also bore high risks at 58 percent and 30 percent, respectively. At the bottom with the lowest miscarriage
Antidepressant medications like SSRIs detach users from reality by modifying neurotransmitter levels of serotonin. According to a new study, if these brain chemistry manipulators are taken during pregnancy, they may also detach offspring from reality, inviting newborns into a new age of autism spectrum disorders.
Today, the emergence of autism spectrum disorders continues to expand, now affecting 1 in 68 births, representing a society bathed in neurotoxins and mind-altering chemicals.
Researchers are now attempting to isolate the causes of autism spectrum disorders. Prenatal use of antidepressant medications may pose one of the greatest risk factors for autism spectrum disorders as confirmed by a study from Drexel University.
The team of Drexel researchers investigated large population-based registers between 1997 and 2006. The total number of pregnancies studied was 750,000.
In the study, two categories of pregnant women were evaluated. Both groups of women were reportedly depressed during pregnancy. The factors for depression could have included stress, malnutrition, life situations or toxin overload. The difference between the groups of women was that one group faced their depression naturally without taking SSRIs; the other group departed from reality and succumbed to SSRI antidepressant medications during pregnancy.
SSRIs during pregnancy increase autism rates in offspring
Since the 1990s, under the advice of their physicians, one in 10 pregnant women have been painfully injecting themselves in the stomach with a needle containing anticoagulant medicine that has now been found to be completely ineffective.
For the treatment of thrombophilia, abnormal blood clotting in the veins or arteries, 10 percent of women have been prescribed the anticoagulant low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) to prevent pregnancy complications caused by placenta blood clots, according to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Research conducted by Dr. Marc Rodger, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute who heads up the Thrombosis Program at the Ottawa Hospital, proves that LMWH is completely ineffective and may even cause “minor” harm to pregnant women.
Dr. Roger’s study will be published in a future print issue of The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals. The journal will detail research that involved 12 years of clinical trials and nearly 300 women in five different countries.
His experiment discovered that pregnant women who injected LMWH into their stomachs received “no positive benefits for the mother or child” and instead, in some cases, harmed the pregnancy by increasing the rates of induced labor, increasing bleeding