Prenatal Exposure to Flame Retardants Linked With Lower IQ in Children

A report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reveals that prenatal exposure to flame retardants may lead to lower IQ test scores in children. Further, the more of the chemicals a pregnant woman is exposed to, the more likely she is to give birth to a child with lower intelligence. [1] In the meta-analysis, researchers calculated […]

2 Simple Things Can Cut a Woman’s Risk of Needing a C-Section

A study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that a pregnant woman can reduce her risk of needing a caesarean section, or C-section, by around 10% by doing 2 simple things: eating healthy and staying active. Not terribly surprising, is it? In 2015, 32% of all deliveries in the United States were C-sections. These procedures […]

Does Sugar During Pregnancy Spark Allergies in Children?

You might have cravings for sweet treats while you’re pregnant, but a recent study shows that pregnant women who overindulge may be more likely to have a child with allergies or asthma. [1] Researchers from Queen Mary University in London studied nearly 9,000 women who gave birth during the 1990s and their children. Compared to […]

How Any New Mom can Lower Her Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Science shows that when it comes to feeding a baby, breast is always best. Yet another study shows why mothers should always nurse whenever possible, but this time for their benefit: Breastfeeding may lower moms’ risks of heart attack and stroke. For 10 years, researchers followed and tracked heart events in nearly 290,000 women in […]