“This study explores how dissident health risk perceptions are culturally constructed in the natural childbirth community, internalized by consumers as a compelling structure of feeling, and enacted through choices that intentionally run counter to orthodox medical risk management norms,” explains Thompson in an article in the September 2005 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. [...]
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The children of overweight mothers are 15 times more likely to be obese by age 6 than children of lean mothers.
The children start putting on weight at age 3.
At year 2, no significant differences in any measure were observed between the high- and low-risk groups. By year 4, weight, BMI, and lean body mass [...]
Diminished levels of a key protein associated with pre-eclampsia can be detected in the urine of women mid-way through pregnancy, a finding that could help pave the way for the development of a screening test for this potentially life-threatening disease.
The research found lower than normal levels of placental growth factor (PlGF) protein in the [...]
Babies born very prematurely may be predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.
Sensitivity to the hormone insulin was 40% lower in those born very prematurely.
Original Research: Premature Birth and Later Insulin Resistance
Premature babies prone to diabetes
Women who abort unintended pregnancies are 30% more likely to experience subsequent problems with anxiety compared to women who deliver their unintended pregnancies.
“Our study suggests that clinicians treating women with anxiety problems may find it useful to inquire about their clients’ reproductive histories,” said Jesse Cougle, M.Sc., the lead author of the study. “Women [...]
Levels of a naturally occurring cannabis-like compound (endocannabinoids, in particular anandamide) rise sharply in a woman’s body when she is about to go into labour.
The finding may help to identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely.
It may also help to explain why smoking cannabis is linked to a greater risk of premature labour.
Women who took multivitamins before conceiving were half as likely to deliver their babies before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Continuing the multivitamins through the first months of pregnancy appeared to have no influence on the risk of prematurity.
Original Research: Multivitamin Use and the Risk of Preterm Birth
Pre-Pregnancy Multivitamins Prevent Prematurity