Mother’s Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain
If a woman is physically active during pregnancy, she may boost the development of her unborn child’s brain, according to a heart-tugging new study of expectant mothers and their newborns. The findings bolster a growing scientific consensus that the benefits of exercise can begin to accumulate even before someone is born. (click link above to read on nytimes.com)
Cutting the umbilical cord too early is putting babies’ health at risk, childbirth experts have warned.
Mounting evidence suggests that clamping the cord within seconds of the baby’s arrival deprives it of vital blood from the placenta – which can lead to iron deficiency and anaemia in later life.
Medical bodies, senior doctors and the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) want maternity staff to instead leave the umbilical cord untouched for anything from 30 seconds to whenever it stops pulsating naturally – usually within two to five minutes. (click above to read entire article…)
More must be done to reduce the threat posed by elective deliveries of healthy babies before 39 weeks, which often are scheduled for reasons that have more to do with convenience than with health… (click to read on Huffington Post)