October 24, 2017

Health roundup of the latest news for expectant and new mothers UPDATED

Take vitamins to cut autism risk, mothers-to-be are told

Supplements could halve chance of children developing the condition.  Scientists from Philadelphia, Stockholm and Bristol, examined data for 273,107 mothers. But the team cautioned that although they had found a possible association, more research was needed.

Pregnant vegetarians are three times more likely to have kids who abuse drugs and alcohol, study finds

A new study has found that the children of pregnant women who are vegetarian have a higher risk of struggling with addiction....A study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism For the study researchers analyzed the habits of 5,109 women and their offspring. The report's researchers observed 15-year-old children whose mothers did not eat meat during their pregnancies and found those children were twice as likely to engage in underage drinking and smoking.  Most vegetarians have a B12 deficiency while pregnant. Vitamin B12 is essential for the body to metabolize folic acid, a nutrient vital for the development of a healthy fetus. The vitamin is mainly available from meats and shellfish.

Paracetamol in pregnancy could DOUBLE a child's risk of ADHD, major study finds

Norwegian researchers analyzed data on 113,000 child and parent pairs.  Mothers who took paracetamol for 29 days had a 220% increased risk of having a child with ADHD, the study found.  One limitation of the study is that long-term use of acetaminophen during pregnancy might indicate a more serious illness or injury.

Using the drug during just one trimester was associated with 7 percent higher odds of having a child with ADHD, while the increased risk was 22 percent for women who used acetaminophen in two trimesters and 27 percent with use in all three trimesters, the study found.  Short-term use didn't appear to increase the risk for ADHD. In fact, when women took acetaminophen for less than eight days, they were 10 percent less likely to have kids with ADHD than mothers who didn't use the drug at all during pregnancy, the study found.
Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen is used to mild to moderate pain and is the most commonly used medication for pain and fever in both the United States and Europe. Paracetamol is available as a generic medication with trade names including Tylenol and Panadol among others.  Paracetamol is classified as a mild analgesic. It does not have significant anti-inflammatory activity and how it works is not entirely clear.

Mother shares astonishing photo showing how her body turned her breast milk YELLOW in order to protect her baby as she battled a fever

Ashlee Chase, from the US, posted a photo of a pouch containing her milk three days before baby Elliot became ill next to an image of her milk the day after she had 'comfort nursed' all night. Her pediatrician says baby's fever prompted an immune response from mother as her body made milk with 'more fat and antibodies' to help infant fight infection. Says she's asked why she's still nursing seven-month-old and says '100% why'...'It is medicine at its finest'

 Breast Milk-Color Change

The benefits of breast feeding

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for your baby, lasting right into adulthood. Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits. Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of:
  • Infections, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
  • Diarrhea and vomiting, with fewer visits to hospital as a result
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease in adulthood
Breastfeeding and making breast milk also has health benefits for you. The more you breastfeed, the greater the benefits. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity

BPA, a chemical found in everyday products from baby bottles to banknotes could increase children's risk of obesity,

BPA exposure also raises fat levels in the blood, the research adds -  previous studies have found this increases the risk of heart disease. These results occur even when BPA exposure occurs in amounts below the recommended levels. Known as the gender-bending chemical for its effects on male breast growth, the researchers believe BPA may cause obesity by altering the hormones responsible for fat metabolism.  Researchers from Brunel University London, New York University and Vrije University in Amsterdam analyzed 61 studies investigating the link between BPA exposure and weight, fat deposition and circulating lipid levels in mice and rats.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of endometriosis by up to 40%:

Natural feeding alters hormones associated with the painful gynecological disorder that affects 10% of women in the US.  Breastfeeding for three years across a woman's life reduces risk by nearly 40%. Every three additional months of natural feeding lowers the risk by 8% and exclusive breastfeeding reduces a diagnosis risk by 14% per pregnancy. The hormonal changes that occur during breastfeeding as women temporarily stop having periods are likely responsible.
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 24, 2017 1:24 PM | Permalink