What is hypothyroidism and how can it affect your fertility?

Hypothyroidism is a health condition in which your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones needed for metabolism and energy. Your metabolism affects your body’s temperature, your heartbeat and how well you burn calories. When you have hypothyroidism, you become tired and sluggish as your body processes slow down. Also known as underactive thyroid disease, hypothyroidism can beContinue reading “What is hypothyroidism and how can it affect your fertility?”

Breastfeeding: giving your newborn “liquid gold”

August 1st to 7th marked the annual World Breastfeeding Week. In Hong Kong, the statutory maternity leave lasts only 10 weeks, forcing many new moms back to work when the baby is not yet 3 months old. But fortunately, numerous moms decide to extend their maternity break with annual leave or non-paid leave to spend moreContinue reading “Breastfeeding: giving your newborn “liquid gold””

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”

Giving your newborn the best start: delayed cord clamping

Clamping a newborn baby’s umbilical cord too soon after birth could lead to oxygen deprivation and may explain the dramatic rise in autism, scientists have warned. The routine practice of obstetricians and hospitals is to cut the cord almost immediately after delivery, but recent research suggests that doing so may reduce the infant’s supply of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood in the crucialContinue reading “Giving your newborn the best start: delayed cord clamping”

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”