Pune's 'Maitra' to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

“Our lives revolve around our kids. Parenting of a special child is more challenging than that of a normal child. As human beings we also want change to refresh our minds,” said Neeta Bhatwdekar after the session for mothers of the special children arranged for the first time by Maitra a social group in Pune. […]

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Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

World Schizophrenia Day: Schizophrenia begins in the womb, study suggests

By transforming skin cells from patients with schizophrenia into neuronal progenitor cells – cells that form neurons in early development – researchers identified an abnormal gene pathway called nuclear FGFR1 (nFGFR1) that impairs early brain development. Senior study author Michal K. Stachowiak, Ph.D., of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University […]

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Stress on the rise among first time pregnant mothers, say doctors  

Experts believe that even though some amount of anxiety is common, many first time mothers are highly stressed during pregnancy and the number is surely going up. Dr Pooja Bandekar, Head of Unit, The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, said, “The stress levels in the first time mothers are […]

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Breastfeeding might benefit babies by reducing stress, reveals study

Paediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least 6 months old because it can bolster babies’ immune systems and reduce their risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, obesity and diabetes. While there’s plenty of research documenting these benefits, less is known about exactly how breastfeeding might cause […]

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Obesity speeds up the start of puberty in boys, study finds

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids

“Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,”said Dr Qi Sun from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Mothers have a powerful influence over their children’s lifestyle choices, but it’s […]

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Depression and anxiety during pregnancy can affect babies’ brains

Women with depression and anxiety during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with altered brain development that might be linked to behaviour problems later in childhood, a small study suggests. Researchers asked 101 women to complete questionnaires about depression and anxiety symptoms during their third trimester of pregnancy. Overall, six mothers had symptoms […]

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All you need to know about breastfeeding a surrogate child

Can breastfeeding provide 100% contraception?

There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for a newborn. Infection rates are lower as mother’s milk is rich in antibodies. Importantly, breastfeeding enhances the bond between mother and the child. We are also aware that breastfeeding is equally beneficial to the mother as it decreases the chances of post-partum […]

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Probiotic intake during pregnancy lowers eczema risk in offspring

Women who take probiotics while they’re pregnant and breastfeeding could be less likely to have children with eczema than mothers who don’t, a research review suggests. Probiotic use during pregnancy and lactation was associated with a 22% lower risk of young children developing eczema, a common inflammatory skin disorder, the study found. This is the […]

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Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Babies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

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Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health too

The study of more than one million women is the first to show congenital heart defects in newborns may be a marker for an increased risk of their mothers developing heart problems, including heart attack and heart failure, years after pregnancy. Researchers analysed data on women who delivered infants between 1989 and 2013 in Quebec, […]

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