Zealth — pregnancy

Obesity and Pregnancy

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Obesity and Pregnancy

By Kavya DS Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy face several possible health risks, including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and an increased chance of needing a Cesarean delivery. Women are counseled not to be too thin or too heavy before getting pregnant, and new research gives even more reason for women to watch their weight: obese pregnant women stand a much greater chance of miscarrying Obese women suffer about eight more fetal and infant deaths per 1,000 births than women who enter pregnancy at a recommended weight. Pre-eclampsia -  pregnancy related high blood pressure — was responsible...

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Contraindications to Breastfeeding: When should a Mother not Breastfeed?

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Health professionals agree that human milk provides the most complete form of nutrition for infants, including premature and sick newborns. However, there are rare exceptions when human milk is not recommended. Under certain circumstances, a physician will need to make a case-by-case assessment to determine whether a woman's environmental exposure or her own medical condition warrants her to interrupt or stop breastfeeding. Some substances impair maternal milk production or enter breast milk and interfere with infant development, making breastfeeding an unwise choice. Some medical conditions also prohibit breastfeeding Use of certain medications also prohibits breastfeeding, including certain herbal drugs Breastfeeding...

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Consumption of Alcohol/Tobacco products/Caffeine/Illicit drugs and its Effect on Fetal Growth and Development

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Consumption of Alcohol/Tobacco products/Caffeine/Illicit drugs and its Effect on Fetal Growth and Development

By Akshata Kamath  It is believed from times immemorial that use of substances like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, illicit drugs during pregnancy is detrimental to both the mother and the foetus. The prevalence of consumption of these substances has drastically come down in the past few decades with all the awareness that has been created around. A lot of studies are done to understand the cause and the effect relationship with maternal substance use and foetal outcome. Smoking- The most accordant observation seen with respect to use of tobacco during pregnancy is reduction in the birth weight of the infants followed...

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Pregnancy Induced Hypertension and it's Management

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Pregnancy related Hypertensive Disorder usually occurs after 20 weeks of Gestation.. It is commonly associated with seizures, swelling and if left untreated it can also lead to death. Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy may cause an increase in maternal and Fetal Morbidity and continue to remain a leading cause of maternal mortality. The common signs and symptoms that need to be looked out for are Frequent headaches and blurry vision, Swelling of face, hands and feet, sudden weight gain and decrease in baby’s movements during the third trimester. Management of Pregnancy induced hypertension: Treatment focuses on controlling blood pressure and preventing...

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Epigenetics and Nutrition

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Epigenetics and Nutrition

Epigenetics in simple words is what we inherit from our parents, grandparents etc. It explains how the experiences of the previous generations can affect who we are.   How does this have any relation to pregnancy and Nutrition during pregnancy? The intergenerational effect talks about how what a mother eats or does during pregnancy, can affect even future generations. So a child’s health depends on not only potentially what the mother ate, but possible even what the grandmother ate. Nutritional epigenetics has been viewed as an attractive tool to prevent pediatric developmental diseases and cancer as well as to delay...

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