Balancing Hormones May Help Prevent Preterm Births

“The relationship between two different types of estrogen and a hormone produced in the placenta may serve as the mechanism for signaling labor, according to a new study. This finding may help doctors intervene and prevent preterm birth much more effectively.” read more…

New Evidence Explains Poor Infant Immune Response To Certain Vaccines

“In the study, the MU scientist found evidence that the immune systems of newborns might require some time after birth to mature to a point where the benefits of vaccines can be fully realized.” read more…

Is Dephytinization From Infant Cereals Beneficial To The Nutrition Absorption?

“Given the importance of an adequate intake of minerals during infancy, Dr. Carmen Frontela and her colleagues in the University of Murcia (Spain) tested the effect of the dephytinization of three different commercial infant cereals on iron, calcium, and zinc bioavailability.” read more…

Newborn Weights Affected By Environmental Contaminants

“Recent epidemiological studies have revealed an increase in the frequency of genital malformations in male newborns (e.g., un-descended testes) and a decrease in male fertility.” read more…

Zinc and Pregnancy

Function in Pregnancy: Used in more body functions than any other mineral, zinc is very important during pregnancy. Zinc is used in making DNA, for normal growth and development of the sex organs and for maintaining virtually all body tissues, and it boosts the immune system and speeds wound healing. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans are deficient in zinc – one study found that 75%of people consumed less that their RDA.

Symptoms of deficiency: Prolonged would healing, irregular periods, cataracts, acne, white spots in the finger nails, heightened allergic responses, itchy or rashy dry skin, diminished sense of taste or appetite

Effects of deficiency on mother and baby: Stretch marks, retarded growth, delayed sexual maturity, diabetes, central nervous system damage to fetus, future infertility in baby. Children with Zinc deficiency show poor appetite and decreased sexual development. Dwarfism and complete lack of sexual function may occur with severe deficiency.

Sources (each choice provides  100% of your daily zinc):

• 2 medium oysters

The following each provide 25% of your daily zinc, choose four:

• 2 cups of cooked whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal or quinoa
• 2 cups cooked beans, any type
• 4 ounces beef or lamb
• 4 ounces liver
• 1 cup nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios
• 1/2 cup seeds, such as sesame, sunflower or pumpkin
• 18 clams
• 3 oz crab

Mother’s Vitamin D Status During Pregnancy Will Affect Her Baby’s Dental Health

“Low maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy may affect primary tooth calcification, leading to enamel defects, which are a risk factor for early-childhood tooth decay.” read more…

Lack Of Vitamin D Causes Weight Gain And Stunts Growth In Girls

“Insufficient vitamin D can stunt growth and foster weight gain during puberty, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.” read more…