Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defects

Folic acid has been shown to prevent Neural tube defects (NTDs) if administered just before the pregnancy and during its earliest stages

Intake of folic acid during pregnancy key to prevent birth defectsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that birth defects affect approximately 3 percent of babies born each year in the United States, and they are the leading cause of death among infants. Neural tube defects (NTDs) are major birth defects affecting the baby’s spine and brain. The abnormalities may develop very early […]

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 […]

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancy

Researchers have discovered how high glucose levels, whether caused by diabetes or other factors, keep heart cells from maturing normally. Their findings help explain why babies born to women with diabetes are more likely to develop congenital heart disease

Here’s how diabetes impacts a baby in the womb during pregnancyA new study conducted at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA discovered how increased glucose levels caused either by diabetes or other factors keep heart cells from maturing normally. The findings of the study help to explain the reason for babies born to women with diabetes […]

Doctor treats foetal abnormality in mothers’s womb, saves life 

Nita Parekh (name changed) was a jovial 6-months-pregnant woman who came for her routine check-up to a city clinic. During the check-up she was told that her foetus seemed to have an abnormally high heartbeat. It was about 220/ minute. By giving medicine to the pregnant lady, the foetus was brought back to normalcy

Doctor treats foetal abnormality in mothers’s womb, saves life Nita Parekh waited for her turn patiently at Fortis Hospital, Mulund for her routine pregnancy check-up in September. A foetal echo was done as a part of the check-up. Foetal echo is a procedure that can be done between 18 to 24 weeks of the pregnancy. The technology screens the heart of the foetus very […]

Health ministry launches ‘Safe Delivery’ App to reduce mother-child mortality rate

The app is expected to improve the quality of care that is being provided to the pregnant mother in the labour room and maternity operation theatres, thereby preventing the undesirable adverse outcomes associated with childbirth

Health ministry launches ‘Safe Delivery’ App to reduce mother-child mortality rateThe Union Health Minister, JP Nadda today launched ‘LaQshya’ (Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative), a safe delivery mobile application for health workers who manage normal and complicated deliveries in the peripheral areas, and also released the Operational Guidelines for Obstetric High Dependency Units (HDUs) and Intensive Care Units (ICUs). There is enough evidence that supports […]

Maha govt to implement ‘Pantapradhan Matru vandana Yojana’ to curb infant-mother mortality rate

The state government will implement ‘Prime Minister's Mantru Vandana Yojana’, which has been launched by the central government to reduce the number of maternal and infant mortality rate. Under this scheme, financial support will be provided to pregnant and lactating mothers. This financial assistance will be given to women in three stages of pregnancy and after delivery

Maha govt to implement ‘Pantapradhan Matru vandana Yojana’ to curb infant-mother mortality rateIn India, many pregnant women from economically weaker sections of the society live below the poverty line. In order to earn their daily wage, they have to work during the course of their pregnancy. And after the delivery, even when they are not physically capable, many of them resume work immediately as there is no […]

‘Being active with baby bump is fine, but consult a doctor’

Taking up a completely new thing during the pregnancy is not very advisable. Athletes are used to their training and practicing. Though they continue their routine with proper consultation of a doctor, with no complications in pregnancy is fine. But starting a new activity can prove to be risky, say experts

‘Being active with baby bump is fine, but consult a doctor’At one point of time, pregnancy and work were like two different pedals for a woman’s life, but not anymore. With celebrities and athletes working throughout their pregnancy, My Medical Mantra looks at how it is now a trend among women.  Most doctors agree that each pregnancy is different and there can’t be any particular […]

Mumbai: Minor girl to approach Supreme Court for termination of pregnancy

Yet again, a 13-year-old rape survivor has approached a city doctor to seeking help with termination of A 24 week’s pregnancy.  In India, the Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, does not allow abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

Mumbai: Minor girl to approach Supreme Court for termination of pregnancy“Once again helping out a 13-year-old rape survivor with 24 weeks pregnancy for termination of pregnancy,” read a Facebook post by Dr Nikhil Datar, medical director and gynaecologist at Cloudnine hospital on Thursday evening. The doctor has so far helped more than 15 women to approach the Supreme Court with a similar plea to terminate […]

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancy

The new findings suggest that diet is at least as important as genetic predisposition to neurodevelopmental disorders such as anxiety or depression

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancyA high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as […]