Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children
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  February 20, 2018  
  Pregnancy / Maternal Health  
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 Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese childrenVitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children
 
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could preprogram babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study.
 
   Study identifies risk factors for sleep apnea in pregnant womanStudy identifies risk factors for sleep apnea in pregnant woman
 
Snoring, older age and obesity may increase a pregnant woman's risk for sleep apnea--or interrupted breathing during sleep--according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.
 
   Researchers find shortcomings in pregnancy and prenatal care for women with diabetesResearchers find shortcomings in pregnancy and prenatal care for women with diabetes
 
Researchers who analyzed data from the UK's National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit found concerning shortcomings in pregnancy preparation and prenatal care for women with diabetes. In addition, significant clinic-to-clinic variation across the England and Wales suggests opportunities for improvement.
 
 What do Contractions Feel Like?
 
What do Contractions Feel Like?As the gestation period nears completion, the uterus grows to a length of 12 inches (from 3 inches) and the weight increases to 1100 g (from 30–40 g). The uterus has 5 liters of fluid, and together with its contents the organ may weigh up to 10 kg. This expansion occurs due to the enlargement and elongation of the cells that are available, particularly the (smooth) muscle fibers.
 
 
 Women using short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant, study shows
 
Women using short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant, study showsWomen with asthma who only use short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide.
 
 
 Active management of the third stage of labor
 
Active management of the third stage of laborActive management consists of using controlled cord traction to remove the placenta immediately following delivery and administering early uterotonics to contract the uterus shortly after the birth of the fetus.
 
 
 Study to track impact of Hurricane Harvey on pregnant moms
 
Study to track impact of Hurricane Harvey on pregnant momsJohanna Bick, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Houston, is launching a study of women who were pregnant during Hurricane Harvey, or who became pregnant within six months after, to track the role of stress in neonatal development and pregnancy outcomes and whether a simple online writing exercise can alleviate some of that anxiety.
 
 
 Diagnosis of fatty liver of pregnancy
 
Diagnosis of fatty liver of pregnancyBy Liji Thomas, MD The diagnosis of acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) is sometimes difficult because of the vague nature of the presenting symptoms. It is therefore based upon the history of the patient’s complaints, the clinical features and the results of specific biochemical tests. Further Reading: Monet_3k/ Shutterstock.
 
 
 Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy could protect against childhood obesity
 
Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy could protect against childhood obesityEvery parent wants to give their child the best start in life, but what if that consideration needed to happen before the baby was even born?
 
 
 One or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day linked to lower chance of getting pregnant
 
One or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day linked to lower chance of getting pregnantThe amount of added sugar in the American diet has increased dramatically over the last 50 years. Much of that increase comes from higher intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, which constitute approximately one-third of the total added sugar consumption in the American diet.
 
 
 Intermountain Medical Center launches rooming-in program to support bonding between mothers and newborns
 
Intermountain Medical Center launches rooming-in program to support bonding between mothers and newbornsMothers and babies belong together -; which is why Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City has launched a rooming-in program to support early bonding between mothers and newborns.
 
 
 Safe sleep recommendations for parents that may help reduce child’s risk of SUID
 
Safe sleep recommendations for parents that may help reduce child’s risk of SUIDSudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year of age, with more than 3,500 infants dying unexpectedly each year. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a major contributor.