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Simple Measures May Curb Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Monday, January 26, 2015

Read more...Healthy eating and low or moderate levels of exercise during pregnancy can help a woman avoid excessive weight gain and may reduce her infant's risk of being overweight or obese later in life, new research indicates.

The study included 49 women at 16 to 20 weeks of pregnancy who were assigned to either a low- or moderate-intensity walking program. Both groups also followed a meal plan based on guidelines given to expectant mothers with gestational diabetes.

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Tips for Keeping Breast-Feeding Goals on Track
Monday, January 26, 2015

Read more...Breast-feeding offers many benefits for new moms and babies, but some women experience problems and don't know where to get help, an expert says.

Breast-feeding can lower a child's risk of asthma, diabetes and other health problems, and reduce a mother's risk of breast cancer, said Laura Zeidenstein, director of the nurse midwifery program at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City.

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Balanced Diet During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Preterm Delivery
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Read more...Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth.

Researchers analyzed data gathered from more than 66,000 pregnant women in Norway between 2002 and 2008. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) occurred in slightly more than 5 percent of the pregnancies.

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Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Read more...Babies process and preserve memories during those many naps they take during the day, a new study suggests.

"We discovered that sleeping shortly after learning helps infants to retain memories over extended periods of time," said study author Sabine Seehagen, a child and adolescent psychology researcher with Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. "In both of our experiments, only those infants who took an extended nap for at least half an hour within four hours after learning remembered the information."

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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Risk of Preterm Birth in Study
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Women who have low blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

Women with the lowest levels of vitamin D were about 1.5 times as likely to deliver early compared to those with the highest levels, the investigators found. That finding held true even after the researchers accounted for other factors linked to preterm birth, such as overweight and obesity, and smoking.

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