Combining Traditional Chinese Medicine With New Fertility Treatments Increases Pregnancy Rates
Lorne Brown Dr. TCM, clinical director of the Acubalance Wellness Centre, will discuss recent research on Chinese Medicine and fertility, as well as a new study on how CoQ10 may improve egg quality, in a free public talk entitled “Age and Fertility: Can You Turn Back the Reproductive Clock?” on February 7, 2012, at the Pekoe Tea Lounge in Vancouver.
A follow-up study was conducted of a double-blind trial in Argentina designed to assess the effect of calcium supplementation on incidence of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Six hundred fourteen women received 2 g per day of calcium or placebo from week 20 of gestation until delivery. Dental examinations were performed on 195 randomly selected children whose mothers participated in the study. The researchers who performed the dental exam were blinded to the mothers treatment assignment.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, pregnant women who regularly consume probiotic-rich yogurt or milk have a reduced risk of developing pre-eclampsia.
In a review, The Cochrane Library of 14 Studies involving over 3000 people has concluded that probiotics can have a positive preventative effect against the common cold for both kids & adults.
Pamela Nathan recommends that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins, as its difficult to get all the necessary nutritional support from food alone during pregnancy. Don’t think that it’s a replacement for a healthy diet.
A new study suggests that women who are repeatedly stressed while pregnant are more likely to have children with behavioral problems.
What are prenatal vitamins?
For a mother's health, and the health of her baby, she is advised to take so-called ‘prenatal vitamins’ during pregnancy. These are specially formulated multivitamins that make up for any nutritional deficiencies in the mother's diet. While the supplements contain numerous vitamins and minerals, their folic acid, iron, and calcium content are especially important.
Canadian researchers report that taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases the risk of spontaneous abortions by about two-thirds, . The increased risk was greatest with the family of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), especially paroxetine and venlafaxine, and when more than one family of drugs were used.
Smoking during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk of behavioral problems in a mother’s child later in life. New research set to be published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that mothers who smoke while pregnant are essentially toying with the brain chemistry of their future children.