Preconception Health Of Both Men And Women Can Affect The Health Of Their Offspring

Preconception Health Of Both Men And Women Can Affect The Health Of Their Offspring

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is well known to be important in attaining a successful pregnancy, however, a recent study determined that preconception health of both men and women can affect the health of their offspring. Studies recently reported in the British Journal, ‘The Lancet’ published April 16, 2018 document that the health and […]

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Is A Major Risk Factor For Both Men and Women

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Is A Major Risk Factor For Both Men and Women

Obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index >30, is a world-wide epidemic especially in the United States. Obesity is associated with many health concerns including high blood pressure and diabetes. When trying to conceive pre-pregnancy obesity is a major risk factor for both men and women. Obesity is also associated with infertility in both men […]

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Gut Microbes May Contribute to Fertility

The advent of molecular genetics affords us a look into the machinations of systems previously undefined. Uncountable number of microbes, fungi and viruses live (mostly happily) in our gut bound by the limits of the mouth and the parts below. Their workings in concert and sometimes, adversarial, are the composition of the human microbiome. This […]

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Elevated Blood Pressure and Early Pregnancy Loss

elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss

Most people know that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but what do we know about elevated blood pressure and early pregnancy loss? Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. The first or top number is called systolic blood pressure and is a measurement of the pressure (mm Hg) in your […]

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Mediterranean Diet May Improve IVF Success Rates

IVF success rates Mediterranean diet

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet may improve IVF success rates. Classically, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil and low in red meat. A recent article published in Human Reproduction studied the dietary habits of 244 women undergoing IVF in Greece. All participants were under 41 years […]

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Parental Obesity Is Linked To Delays In Child Development

parental obesity child development

Obesity is linked to both male and female infertility and miscarriage. Obesity during pregnancy is also linked to pregnancy complications and a higher incidence of metabolic disorders in children. A recent study published in “Pediatrics” from the NIH found that parental obesity is linked to delays in child development. Compared to children of normal weight […]

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Obesity Causes Hormonal Imbalances That Can Cause Infertility

It is without dispute that obesity causes hormonal imbalances that can cause infertility. These imbalances can manifest in ovulatory dysfunction (irregular periods) and play a role in infertility. But these effects, do not end once conception occurs. What obesity spurns spills over into a general inflammatory response in mother and fetus alike. Maternally, obesity and this […]

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Being Overweight During Pregnancy May Lead To Increased Birth Defects

Being Overweight During Pregnancy May Lead To Increased Birth Defects

It has long been known that being overweight during pregnancy could lead to medical problems during the pregnancy such as high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition, being overweight during pregnancy may lead to increased birth defects. Women have been encouraged to achieve a healthy weight before becoming pregnant and to try to maintain a […]

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Walnuts Can Control Appetite

Appetite Control

Obesity continues to be an important factor in pregnancy loss and infertility. Overeating and poor food choices are the primary reasons for weight gain. There is a lot of discussion on how walnuts can control appetite. How can a nut have such power? Walnuts are thought to discourage overeating by promoting feelings of fullness. A […]

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Drinking Before Pregnancy Is Known

Drinking before pregnancy is known

Most know that drinking during pregnancy is associated with harm in exposed offspring, but what are the effects of drinking before pregnancy is known? Less understood is whether maternal alcohol consumption before one knows whether they are pregnant is associated with harm. A meta-analysis published in Alcohol Clinical Experimental Research 2014 Jan;38(1):214-26 showed a small […]

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