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Approximately 14% of pregnant women suffer from depression.  Some women, worried about the effects taking medication will have on the fetus, may avoid taking their antidepressants.  However, a study determined that acupuncture is a valid alternative therapy and reduces depressive symptoms.
“The study included 150 pregnant women diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Some received depression-specific [...]

Probiotics & Your Brain

April 24th, 2013

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Researchers from UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine have concluded that probiotics can change the brain activity and emotional responses of women. The researchers at UCLA divided 36 women into 3 groups.  Each group was given either fermented milk with probiotics, milk without probiotics, or no milk at all.  MRI scans were performed prior [...]

It seems that lately I have had more than a few clients who were induced due to low amniotic fluid levels.  I honestly didn’t know much about this particular topic and thought I’d dig up some info.  I was curious what the implications were for mother and baby if the pregnancy continued with low fluid [...]

The birth world was abuzz this week with the release of a recent review of birth center outcomes by the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.  The study followed more than 15,000 moms-to-be who were planning to give birth within a midwife-run birth center.
The conclusion of the review showed birth centers to be a safe [...]

New evidence has determined that postpartum depression could be the result of mothers being deficient in omega-3.  While pregnant, a mother’s omega-3s are transferred to the fetus and later, the baby while breastfeeding.  The infant receives the maternal omega-3s causing the mother to be deficient for at least 6 weeks postpartum.  A diet low in [...]

It’s no secret that there are many benefits to breastfeeding for both mother and baby.  For one, it provides a great bonding experience for the mother and the baby.  Breast milk fights disease and boosts an infant’s immune system with nutrients and antibodies.  Breast milk is FREE, eliminating the need to buy costly formula.  It [...]

While the world has been buzzing with the news of a royal baby, Kate Middleton, up until recently, has been suffering from a rare pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  While the media continues to call it “morning sickness,” many may be under the impression that the Duchess has simply been spoiled and overly dramatic.  In [...]

When a woman becomes pregnant and the embryo implants into the lining of the uterus, the trophoblast cells give off a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG).  In standard pregnancy tests, hCG is detected and causes a reaction, resulting in a positive or negative result.
The same trophoblast cells also exist in malignant cancer (specifically [...]

A newly published study concludes that some familial breast cancers are caused from maternal diet during pregnancy and affects the health of daughters, granddaughters and even great-granddaughters.  When an expecting mothers has a diet of excess fats and estrogen, it changes the DNA methylation patterns in the fetus’ breast tissue and fetal germ cells, making [...]

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is diagnosed in 50 percent of women during their lifetime. It is usually diagnosed during menopause, when decreasing estrogen levels cause tissues to [...]

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