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

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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

4 Questions About Pregnancy Weight Gain Answered

Pregnancy can be an amazing time in a woman’s life. She’s nurturing a new life, full of promise and with a near unlimited future to embrace. Her body is changing and she has so many questions. One of those questions is often “What the hell happened to my body and how do I get it… Continue reading 4 Questions About Pregnancy Weight Gain Answered

Fish Oil During Pregnancy Leads to Bigger, Healthier Children

Fish oil supplement in the later stages of pregnancy is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) in children in the first six years of life, which is explained by an increase in total lean and bone mass at 6 years of age, but with no increase in fat mass, suggest the findings of… Continue reading Fish Oil During Pregnancy Leads to Bigger, Healthier Children