Working shifts can raise risk of reduce foetal growth and prolonged pregnancies

The study suggests that exposure to rotating night and day shifts, even if only in early pregnancy, may adversely affect maternal metabolic and pregnancy outcomes

Working shifts can raise risk of reduce foetal growth and prolonged pregnanciesNew research published in The Journal of Physiology indicates shift work exposure in mothers can result in reduced foetal growth and longer pregnancies, even when the shift work is only carried out early in pregnancy. Shift work interferes with normal patterns of sleep activity, eating times and exposure to light. Shift workers are at increased […]

Stressed pregnant moms may mean lower sperm counts for offspring, finds study

Men whose mothers suffered stressful events such as divorce or job loss in early pregnancy are more likely to have fewer and less active sperm, researchers said Thursday

Stressed pregnant moms may mean lower sperm counts for offspring, finds studyAmong Australian 20-year-olds born of women who experienced at least three such events during the first 18 weeks of foetal growth, sperm count was a third lower and mobility down by 12 per cent compared to other men their age, they reported in the journal Human Reproduction. Testosterone levels were also lower, by about ten […]

Mother’s sleep can impact health of their growing baby

How much sleep mothers get when they are pregnant can impact on the health of their growing baby, according to a new scoping study conducted by the University of South Australia

Mother’s sleep can impact health of their growing babyAssessing outcomes relating to birth weight, foetal growth, pre-term delivery and stillbirth, researchers identified four key aspects of maternal sleep that may contribute to poor foetal outcomes. Lead researcher, UniSA’s Associate Professor Jane Warland, says the research gives expectant mothers and clinicians important insights into sleep and healthy pregnancies. “This study looks into relatively un-navigated […]

Low birth weight associated with lower IQ throughout life

Compared to babies born at 2.5 kg or less, infants with a birth weight of 3.5 to 4 kg scored more than five points higher on IQ tests at age 28 and again at age 50, the study found

Low birth weight associated with lower IQ throughout lifeA recent study from Denmark suggest that being born at below-normal weight is associated with a lower intelligence quotient (IQ) not only in childhood and young adulthood, but even at age 50. Researchers found IQ differences between underweight and normal-weight babies remained stable into midlife, and even within the normal birth weight range, higher weights […]