You, your developing baby and environmental toxins to avoid

Preconception and prenatal exposure to environmental toxins can have a detrimental impact on fetal development and lead to potentially long-lasting health effects. Though the evidence is mounting, the majority of reproductive health professionals have little training on how to effectively counsel patients in this regard. Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Sheela Sathyanarayana, MD, MPH, and herContinue reading “You, your developing baby and environmental toxins to avoid”

Fish oil supplementation during pregnancy: what’s best?

Eating fish during pregnancy is a controversial topic. We all know fish are very nutritious and packed with B vitamins, lean protein, and omega-3 fats which are beneficial for the baby’s brain and cognitive development, visual development, prevention of hypertension during pregnancy as well as prevention of postpartum depression. But unfortunately, fish can also haveContinue reading “Fish oil supplementation during pregnancy: what’s best?”

Miscarriage and low levels of copper and zinc

A new study from the University of Granada has confirmed that low blood levels of copper and zinc in pregnant women may be a factor associated with miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). Dr. Jesús Joaquín Hijona Elósegui, one of the researchers in the study, points out that “despite the significant progress made in reproductive medicine, spontaneous abortion isContinue reading “Miscarriage and low levels of copper and zinc”

Diet during pregnancy affects child’s risk of obesity

Most of us know that what we eat and drink, what supplements we take and what substances we avoid during pregnancy go a long way in ensuring the health of our baby. Now, researchers have discovered that a mother’s nutrition during pregnancy can significantly influence her child’s risk of obesity many years later. The international study, ledContinue reading “Diet during pregnancy affects child’s risk of obesity”

How well is your fertility treatment working? PCBs linked to IVF failure

A new study published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has revealed that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) found in the environment are associated with the failure of fertilized embryos to implant in the uterus after in-vitro fertilization (IVF). PCBs were banned in the United States and other developed countries in the 1970s afterContinue reading “How well is your fertility treatment working? PCBs linked to IVF failure”

Planning for a (healthy) baby?

Did you know that: In a study done by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 35.6% of male partners of infertile couples had a whole blood mercury concentration higher than the normal range (concentration of sperm, percentage of morphologically normal sperm and percentage of motile sperm were reduced in these men, though the difference wasContinue reading “Planning for a (healthy) baby?”

Omega-3 and your baby’s eye health

You may have heard that consuming omega-3s, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), during pregnancy is essential for proper fetal brain/ cognitive development, mental health as well as lowering the risk of postpartum depression. What you may not know is that DHA is also important for visual development. Researchers in Quebec, Canada, studied the effects of maternal omega-3 intake and concludedContinue reading “Omega-3 and your baby’s eye health”

Fish and sushi- safe during pregnancy?

We know that fish are packed with important nutrients, but we also know that fish contain lots of contaminants such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that could potentially affect the baby’s health. And how about sushi? Is that safe in pregnancy? Though it is not recommended that pregnant ladies avoid fish altogether, there are certain guidelines that mommies-to-be shouldContinue reading “Fish and sushi- safe during pregnancy?”

Pollution. In you.

Today, we are constantly bombarded by chemicals and toxins in our everyday environment. Chemicals found in the air, water, household cleaners, laundry detergents, cookware, cosmetics and pesticides-all are potentially harmful to our bodies. What do toxins do in our bodies? Carcinogenic chemicals: cause or aggravate cancer Hormone-disrupting chemicals: mimic, block or interfere with hormones that regulate fertility and theContinue reading “Pollution. In you.”