95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby’s brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation. Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One […]

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Exploring a possible link between C-sections and autism

(Perri Klass, M.D./ New York Times) — Cesarean delivery can save a baby — or a mother — at a moment of medical danger. However, cesarean births have been linked to an increased risk of various long-term health issues for both women and children, and a recent study shows an association between cesarean birth and […]

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol) while pregnant linked with difficult childhood behaviors

(Janice Wood/ Psych Central) — A new study has found a link between taking acetaminophen — also known as paracetamol, brand name Tylenol — while pregnant, and hyperactivity, attention problems, and other difficult behaviors in young children. Using questionnaire and school information from Bristol’s Children of the 90s study, researchers examined 14,000 children. When they […]

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Bone marrow stem cells may be vital for pregnancy

(Kendall Teare-Yale/ Futurity) — A woman’s bone marrow may determine her ability to start and sustain a pregnancy, according to new research. The study shows that when an egg is fertilized, stem cells leave the bone marrow and travel via the bloodstream to the uterus, where they help transform the uterine lining for implantation. If […]

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Study says it’s safe for pregnant women to sleep on their back

(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) — Pregnant women commonly get the advice that they sleep on their left side to avoid complications. But a new study found that any position, even on their backs, may not cause any problems during and after pregnancy. Previous studies suggested that sleeping on the back or right side could increase […]

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Is it safe to run while pregnant? We asked five experts

(Alexandra Hansen/ The Conversation) — Pregnancy can be a magical time, but also a stressful one. With so many things you can and can’t do, it can get confusing. Guidelines recommend women without complicated pregnancies should be maintaining fitness. But how? Many women love the alone time pounding the pavement for a nice run out […]

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The amazing baby brain says ‘pas de problème’ with bilingualism

(Adriel John Orena, Linda Polka/ The Conversation) — People often say that babies are like little sponges — with their ability to soak up language quickly and easily. Yet much of the early research on language acquisition has focused on young infants learning only one language. This research was guided by an implicit assumption that […]

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How much should you exercise while pregnant?

(Brock Armstrong/ Scientific American) — The 2019 Canadian guideline for physical activity throughout pregnancy was recently published in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine—and it has some surprising recommendations for pregnant women. To get into the nitty-gritty of the new guidelines, I recently talked to one of the authors, Dr. Margie Davenport. Margie is […]

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3-D images show just how much a baby’s head changes during birth

(Brigit Katz/ Smithsonian.com) — As anyone who has gingerly handled a new baby will know, infants are born with soft skulls. Their heads need to be a bit squishy in order to make it through the relatively narrow birth canal. But the details of “fetal head molding,” as doctors call the shape changes that occurs […]

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Study: antibiotics after assisted birth reduce maternal infections

(Ashley P. Taylor/ The Scientist) — A single dose of antibiotics given to women undergoing assisted childbirth, in which doctors use forceps or suction to help the mother deliver the baby, nearly halved maternal infections, according to a trial published May 13 in The Lancet. Currently, without antibiotic use, up to 16 percent of women […]

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