Making the decision to have children may sometimes be easier than getting pregnant. There are many potential causes of infertility, with fertility problems affecting either the man or the woman. Common causes of infertility in women include lack of regular ovulation and endometriosis, and in men the most common cause is poor quality [...]
A new study published in the journal BMC Medicine last month shows that caffeine is linked to low birth weight babies (1).
Caffeine intake is already a concern in pregnancy, with current guidelines recommending that pregnant women restrict themselves to no more than 200mg of caffeine (equivalent to around two cups of coffee) each [...]
Earlier this year I wrote about a study that links vitamin D in pregnancy with children’s body fat levels. Evidence on the importance of vitamin D in pregnancy continues to grow. More recently, a new population-based study has linked expectant mothers’ vitamin D levels with their children’s brain development (1).
The study, to be [...]
Probiotics, or ‘friendly bacteria’, are live microorganisms, which when consumed in adequate amounts, are thought to confer health benefits on the human body. Taking a daily probiotic supplement could not only help with your digestion, but could also spark off other feel-good factors, such as good skin health, immunity and wellbeing.
Digestion Probiotics are [...]
Vitamin D and Pregnancy
New research has linked levels of body fat in children to the Vitamin D intake of their mothers. Children are more likely to be fatter if their mother had low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy.
The research was conducted by scientists at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit [...]
Pregnancy is a time for substantial changes in a woman’s body in many ways, including hormonal, mental and physical. This growth and development process needs fuel and constant support, and the overall nutritional status of the mother is central to the outcome of the pregnancy and health of the baby.
Birth defects, birthing complications [...]
Women who supplement with micronutrients before pregnancy may be boosting the immune health of their baby from birth to adult life, a new study suggests.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals, such as the B vitamins and the minerals zinc and selenium, that are required by the body in very small quantities in order to [...]
Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition, and childhood eczema can be distressing for both children and their parents. Unfortunately, childhood eczema is becoming increasingly common.
A new study looking at the effects of a probiotic called Lactobacillus Rhamnosus offers a promising new approach to dealing with this troublesome condition (1).
Research published last [...]
Pregnant women could, and should, consume more vitamin D than experts currently recommend, according to a new study.
"Pregnant women need to take at least 1,000iu of vitamin D a day," says Dr Bruce Hollis
Current guidelines for daily vitamin D intake during pregnancy range from 200 international units (IU) per day to [...]
Anaemia occurs when haemoglobin levels fall below the lower safe limits. This is often more common in pregnancy due to the higher demands that the growing foetus puts on the body. The leading cause of anaemia is iron-deficiency which generally results in symptoms such as weakness, fatigue and light-headedness. This happens because iron is [...]