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EARLY SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT FOR MOTHERS AND THEIR HEALTHY NEWBORN INFANTS

Skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her baby at birth reduces crying, and helps the mother to breastfeed successfully. In many cultures, babies are generally cradled naked on their mother’s bare chest at birth. Historically, this was necessary for the baby’s survival. In recent times, in some societies such as in industrialized countries more babies … Continue reading

ALTERED DIETARY SALT FOR PREVENTING PRE-ECLAMPSIA AND ITS COMPLICATION

Low salt intake in pregnancy is unlikely to prevent pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy associated with poor health, or even death, for the mother and baby. Pre-eclampsia is identified by raised blood pressure and protein in the urine during the second half of pregnancy. In the past, a low-salt diet was often … Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE AND ASSISTED CONCEPTION

The data from this meta-analysis suggests that acupuncture does increase the live birth rate with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment when performed around the time of embryo transfer. However, this could be attributed to placebo effect and the small number of trials included in the review. Larger studies are necessary to confirm the results. Acupuncture … Continue reading

THE EFFECT OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR WOMEN WITH PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common condition affecting 4% to 18% of women. Being overweight worsens all clinical features of PCOS. These clinical features include reproductive manifestations such as reduced frequency of ovulation and irregular menstrual cycles, reduced fertility, polycystic ovaries on ultrasound, and high male hormones such as testosterone which can cause … Continue reading

Exercise for vasomotor menopausal symptoms.

Abstract BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that many perimenopausal and early postmenopausal women will experience menopause symptoms, hot flushes being the most common. Symptoms caused by fluctuating levels of oestrogen may be alleviated by HRT but there has been a marked global decline in its use due to concerns about the risks and benefits of HRT; consequently … Continue reading

VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTATION FOR PREVENTING MISCARRIAGE

Supplementing women with any vitamins does not reduce the number of women who miscarry or have a stillbirth. Poor diet, without enough vitamins, has been associated with an increased risk of women losing their baby in early pregnancy. Taking vitamin supplements prior to pregnancy or in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of miscarriage, but … Continue reading

LONG CHAIN POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACID SUPPLEMENTS FOR MOTHERS MOTHERS WHO BREASTFEED

Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are abundant in the brain and are necessary for growth and maturation of a young infant’s brain and the retina of the eye. These particular fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and are said to be ‘essential’ because the human body is not efficient in producing them. This means … Continue reading

NON-HORMONAL INTERVENTIONS FOR REDUCING HOT FLUSHES IN WOMEN WITH A HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER

Breast cancer is one of the most frequent cancers worldwide and its treatment can produce disturbing symptoms including hot flushes, the sudden feeling of heat in the face, neck and chest. Hormonal treatments are used to control such symptoms in postmenopausal women but for women with a history of breast cancer these are not recommended … Continue reading