Cannabis, Pregnancy And Middle Childhood Mental Health

Cannabis use, including among among pregnant women, is rising sharply in the US. Media and even government outlets seem in a rush to promote it as a side-effect free answer to stress, anxiety and other conditions. But does its use by expectant mothers pose a risk to their unborn children?

Study Finds Low Risk Of Maternal Transmission Of COVID-19 To Unborn Child

Doctors and public health officials have had plenty to worry about during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Spread rates, mortality rates and who was really at-risk top the list. Also on that list was this: how likely are pregnant mothers to pass the virus along to their unborn children?

Pregnant And Obese? Your Son’s IQ And Development Will Suffer

We all want to give our children every advantage in life. Good health is crucial. We want our children to grow up strong and healthy. Positive emotional health is important, too. We want them to be well-adjusted and ready to take on the challenges of life. Of course, when it comes to taking on life’s… Continue reading Pregnant And Obese? Your Son’s IQ And Development Will Suffer

Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Is it possible that maternal stress both during and before pregnancy can have a negative effect on the brain development in the baby? Yes, says new research from King’s College London. In a study published in Biological Psychiatry, a research team headed by Alexandra Lautarescu, MRC Doctoral Researcher and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging Professor Serena… Continue reading Stress During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Brain

Plant-Based Diets: Bad For The Brain?

There seems to be a mad rush to push Americans and others around the world to adopt a plant-based diet. Large swaths of people speak authoritatively about how vegan diets will save the planet and cure everything from obesity to diabetes to cancer to the common cold. We’re told that cow farts pollute the atmosphere… Continue reading Plant-Based Diets: Bad For The Brain?

Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Emotional and behavioral problems in 2 year olds may be connected to the emotional difficulties experienced by expectant parents, according to new research. The study suggests that stress and conflict may be a serious contributor to the creation of “difficult” toddlers. The research team, made up of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, New York,… Continue reading Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Is Maternal Obesity Linked to Childhood Cancer?

A new study analyzed 2 million birth records and 3,000 cancer registry records and found that children born to obese mothers were 57% more likely to develop cancer, independent of other factors. This finding offers a rare opportunity for childhood cancer prevention. Using Pennsylvania birth records, the researchers found a correlation between pre-pregnancy body-mass index… Continue reading Is Maternal Obesity Linked to Childhood Cancer?

Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children’s toys. Results… Continue reading Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure

Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that mothers’ stress levels at the moment they conceive their children are linked to the way children respond to life challenges at age 11. SFU health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy led an interdisciplinary research team on this first cohort study.… Continue reading Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study