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Regular Sleep = Healthy Pregnancy

October 7, 2014
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Our circadian rhythm is set by the natural light/dark nature of our days and night and is associated with many biological processes. And, as one study found, it can also have a negative impact on female reproduction. While the exact physiological process is a bit complicated, the authors note that “both stable circadian rhythms...
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Slim Down to Reduce Hot Flashes

October 2, 2014
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A pilot study of overweight and obese menopausal women found that they were able to reduce their hot flashes. The study divided 40 women into weight loss and control groups. The results were that “women randomized to weight loss also showed greater reductions in questionnaire-reported hot flashes than did women in the control group.”...
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Older Moms Live Longer?

September 23, 2014
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A new study found that women who are older when they give birth to their last child live much longer. The results showed that women who gave birth to their last child at age 33 or higher were almost twice as likely to reach an age above 95% of other women their age. The...
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How New Moms Beat Motherhood Stress

August 14, 2014
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Researchers in Australia looked at the “psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and stress” of new mothers. Their first finding was not a surprise: “mothers had significantly poorer psychological well-being than the general Australian population.” The good news is that “with the exception of anxiety, psychological well-being of mothers who reported exercising three to four times...
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Maternal Tylenol Detrimental to Kids

July 29, 2014
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In 2005, over 28 billion doses of Tylenol were taken in the U.S. alone. Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen and paracetamol) has a number of known potential side effects including nausea, vomiting and liver damage. A study from Norway examined children born to mothers taking Tylenol/Paracetamol during pregnancy. At three years of age, “children...
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10 Minute Swims Improve Women’s Hearts

July 24, 2014
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According to a recent study, 10 minutes of high-intensity swimming (swimming as fast as you can) three-times a week lowers blood pressure, reduces resting heart rate and reduces fat for women with mild high blood pressure. After a 15-week trial, researchers found “high-intensity intermittent swimming is an effective training strategy to improve cardiovascular health...
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Papilloma Vaccine Danger

July 17, 2014
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Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are a group of more than 150 related viruses that can cause warts, or papillomas. Some types of HPV (known as “high-risk”) are also associated with certain types of cancer. High-risk HPVs are a major cause of cervical cancer. Of the more than 150 types of HPVs, 40 can be passed...
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Drug Dangers during Pregnancy

July 15, 2014
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There is no such thing as a totally safe drug, especially when you are pregnant. A new study “analyzed 97,680 pregnancies. Prevalence of medication use was 74% pre-pregnancy, 56% during pregnancy, and 80% post-pregnancy. Most frequently used medications during pregnancy were antibiotics (47%), antiemetic (nausea) drugs (23%), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin,...
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Safer Pregnancy with Vitamin D

June 26, 2014
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Vitamin D has been shown to be very important for many physiological processes in our bodies. So much so that the findings of the latest study regarding pregnancy come as no surprise: “Normal plasma levels of Vitamin D3 are needed for physiological development of pregnancy, normal skeletal mineralization of the fetal skeleton and lactation....
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Hospital Formulas Reduce Breast Feeding

June 10, 2014
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There is little argument that breast feeding is best for both mother and infant. Breast feeding reduces the potential for infections, diarrhea and obesity in babies. It also provides significant health benefits to moms including the reduction of postpartum bleeding and a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive...
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