Daily aspirin in pregnancy could cut risk of premature birth

Researchers in the United States (US) said pregnant women who take daily aspirin could reduce the risk for premature birth. These are the findings of a new study published in the ‘Lancet’. Medical experts have however advised that pregnant women considering taking a daily aspirin should check with their doctors, since aspirin could cause bleeding and other side effects. The ‘New York Times’ reported that the study involved 11,976 women in six countries with high rates of premature birth: India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guatemala, Kenya, Pakistan…

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Alcohol during pregnancy may increase risk of diabetes in babies

Researchers from Australia have revealed that even small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy could increase the baby’s risk of developing diabetes. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia, showed that while the mothers’ blood alcohol concentration only reached 0.05 per cent, their male offspring had much higher insulin levels than normal, and almost became diabetic as a result. Strangely, this effect was only seen in male offspring. Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells of the pancreatic islets; it is considered to be…

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Woman drags ex-husband to court over pregnancy

A 28-year-old divorcee, Bilkisu Aminu has dragged her ex-husband, Muhammad Jibril, to a Sharia Court sitting at Magajin Gari, Kaduna over his denial of her pregnancy. Aminu, who resides in Benin Street, Kaduna, told the court that she got married to the defendant for three months before they were divorced. “He divorced me on Feb. 6, but after few days at home, I went to a private hospital and the doctor confirmed that I am pregnant. “I called Jibril to inform him of the pregnancy; he told me that he…

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Pregnancy shouldn’t be death sentence in Nigeria – Don

Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, says that pregnant women in Nigeria must not be allowed to die in the process of giving birth as it was part of their constitutional rights. She made this known at the 6th Annual Population Lectures Series (APLS), tagged ‘Governance: People, Rights and Opportunities’ on Wednesday in Abuja. Atsenuwa, who was the guest speaker at the event noted that it was high time Nigeria enacted a law that makes every pregnancy-related death an offence in the country. “There should be…

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High blood sugar in pregnancy increases risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes

Scientists from United States (US), said mothers with high blood sugar during pregnancy – even if not high enough to meet the traditional definition of gestational diabetes – were significantly more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes a decade after pregnancy than their counterparts without high blood glucose. These are the findings of a new study published in the Journal of the ‘American Medical Association’. The study, ‘Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes-Follow-up Study (HAPO-FUS), followed mothers and their children 10 to 14 years after birth. Study author, Dr. Barbara…

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Fish oil during pregnancy boosts kids’ growth

Researchers from Denmark said the children of women who take fish oil supplement during pregnancy gain healthy weights more quickly for the first six years of their lives. The findings of the new study, which is published in the ‘British Medical Journal (BMJ)’ revealed a sustained higher body mass index (BMI) from 12 months old to six years of age. The researchers at Copenhagen University found that when mothers took the pills during the later stages of pregnancy, their children had higher body mass indexes (BMI), but for those first…

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Antidepressants in pregnancy raise depression risk in newborn

Scientists said taking antidepressants during pregnancy could harm the emotional development of the unborn child.   This is the findings of a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers from The Columbia University found that those babies who were exposed in the womb to drugs such as Prozac and Seroxat had differences in both the gray and white matter of their brains.   Prozac and Seroxat are antidepressants. This included an increase in neurons – and the connections between them – in areas of the brain linked to feelings…

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Weight watchers community: Fitness during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very delicate period in a woman’s life and your health is even more important because you have control over not just your health but that of your unborn child. It is critical that you maintain a routine of healthy life choices. Some are already known and generally accepted but we will remind us again just so we are clear on this. If you are in the “thinking about getting pregnant” stage, better for you. Make a prenatal appointment and discuss your weightand other issues with your doctor.…

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Malaria in pregnancy responsible for 10,000 maternal deaths annually

Anon-governmental organisation in the country, jhpiego said malaria in pregnancy leads to high rate of severe maternal anaemia and low birth weight. It also said despite the availability of affordable interventions and medicines to prevent malaria in pregnancy, a high proportion of pregnant women do not access them. The NGO stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State while launching its health intervention programme titled ‘Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy’ (TIPTOP). The   TIPTOP  team leader,  Professor Emmanuel Otolorin noted that the programme would significantly  reduce malaria in pregnancy and…

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