Smoking During Pregnancy May Lead to Behavior Problems in Children

I spend a lot of time reading through blogs and news related to pregnancy. Pregnancy has been around since the beginning of mankind (obviously), and yet there are always new headlines. But once in a while, I run across something, usually a study, that makes me want to slap my monitor and say “duh!” Sometimes you wonder why our money is being spent on research that concludes with what most of us would consider common sense. (Okay, stepping off my soap box now.) One such study gives us one more reason to not smoke during pregnancy. If the health risks … Continue reading

Swine Flu and Pregnancy

I know what you are thinking: more swine flu news? On the pregnancy blog? Unfortunately, the swine flu has hit pregnant women especially hard. In fact, pregnant women will likely be given priority when the swine flu vaccinations are distributed in the fall. According to a recent AP wire, “pregnant women account for 6 percent of U.S. swine flu deaths since the pandemic began in April, even though they make up just 1 percent of the U.S. population.” Pregnant women are more susceptible to severe illness, according to World Health Organization experts, and could suffer spontaneous abortion and/or death, especially … Continue reading

Smoking Increases SIDS Risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the third leading cause of death for U.S. infants. After years of research into the disorder, the Back to Sleep campaign was started and mothers were warned against putting infants to sleep on their stomachs. The National Institute of Health reported a 30 percent decline in SIDS deaths in the years after the campaign began in 1992. Researchers in Australia have found a link they think may have an even bigger impact, maternal smoking. According to research conducted at Monash University in Melbourne, mother’s smoking may be an … Continue reading

Pregnancy Blog Review August 8 – August 21

The summer is quickly drawing to a close and if you are pregnant, it is probably going as fast as yoru pregnancy. In the pregnancy blog, I attempt to cover a range of topics related to conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum time with your new baby. The review is a great way to get caught up on past blogs. Follicular ultrasound is used in combination with many infertility medications and treatments. This form of vaginal ultrasound is used to allow your doctor to check the progress of developing follicles in the ovaries. The information is used to adjust medications … Continue reading

Nicotine Replacement Therapy Use in Pregnancy

As we all know by now, quitting smoking is the very best gift you can give your baby. Not only will you help ensure he has a mother to grow up with, you will be helping his health. Smoking is linked to a wide range of problems, both during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. However, quitting smoking is extremely difficult. Many experts compare nicotine addiction to addiction to heroine. It is that addictive. As a former smoker, I completely agree with that statement. One method some people use successfully to help quit is nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Review March 18-23

A variety of topics related to pregnancy and having a healthy baby have been covered in the pregnancy blog this week. If you haven’t been able to read, the review is the best way to see the week’s articles all in one place. Click the links to read the blogs that interest you. Concern about cleaning products is common among pregnant women. The products used for cleaning in the average home contain many chemicals, some known to be toxic. Research suggests there may be a link to certain cleaning products and asthma in children. Read more in Cleaning Precautions During … Continue reading

Quit Smoking for a Calmer Baby

As if there weren’t enough good reasons to quit smoking during pregnancy, it appears another can be added to the list. Quitting smoking may result in a more relaxed baby, according to researchers. It appears that a mother’s smoking habits may have an affect on the baby’s temperament. The study was conducted by UK and US researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of York. The study looked at 18,000 infants. The mothers were classified into four groups: non smokers, smokers who quit during the pregnancy, very light smokers and heavy smokers. Information was collected about the pregnancy, … Continue reading

One More Reason to Quit Smoking

There are a million reasons to quit smoking. Kicking the habit is the best thing you can do for your baby when you learn you are pregnant. In addition, there are many health benefits for mommy. Recent research has shown another good reason to quit now. You will reduce your risk of developing pre-eclampsia if you quit smoking. Pre-eclampsia is a form of pregnancy induced hypertension. Women with pre-eclampsia have high blood pressure and protein in the urine. This is a serious condition for both the mother and baby, often resulting in bed rest and preterm birth. A UK study … Continue reading

Smoking With a Newborn in the House is Dangerous

There are a whole host of personal health risks for smokers. My grandmother swore that her doctor told her smoking was fine and that she was not the worse for it. While she didn’t die prematurely, she did die of lung cancer. Not only is smoking bad for you but second hand smoke poses health risks to the point where they have legislated that there be designated non-smoking areas in public places so that non-smokers’ health won’t suffer. No one really wants to talk about the health risks that smoking poses to a new baby though. It’s mentioned here and … Continue reading

Why Soda Should be Avoided During Pregnancy

When we become pregnant, we all need to make changes to our diet and lifestyle for the good of the growing baby. These changes may include eating a healthier diet, cutting down on caffeine, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol. In our quest to give our babies the best start in life, we scrutinize our past food choices. When you are trying to cut caffeine out of your diet, you need to remember that many brands of soda contain caffeine. Often, women mention caffeine as the reason they chose to limit their intake of soda during pregnancy. This is good since … Continue reading