Pregnancy: Linking Good, Benefits & Exercise

“It can be easy to fear exercise when pregnant. Harry Barnes, Ante and Post Natal Personal Trainer, argues there are few more important times to keep fit.” (Barnes, 2017, p.18). Pregnancy dramatically alters the body: hormones, extra nutrients and stretching to allow the ‘wee one’ to grow. Barnes (2017) informs us that almost half of… Read More

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Pregnant Women & Physical Activity

Research Paper Title Level and Intensity of Objectively Assessed Physical Activity Among Pregnant Women from Urban Ethiopia. Background Women in low-income countries are generally considered to have a high physical workload which is sustained during pregnancy. Although most previous studies have been based on questionnaires a recent meta-analysis of doubly labeled water data has raised… Read More

Pregnancy & Vitamin D Levels

Research Paper Title Association between Maternal Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D Level and Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Observational Studies. Study Question What is the association between maternal levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitaminD (25-OHD; the best measure of vitamin D status in humans) and pregnancy and neonatal outcomes. Summary Answer Vitamin D insufficiency is… Read More

Research: Iron, Pregnancy & Fetal Growth

Research Paper Title Maternal Iron Intake at Mid-Pregnancy is Associateed with Reduced Fetal Growth: Results from Mothers and Children’s Environmental Health (MOCEH) Study. Background Iron supplementation is a common recommendation for pregnant women to prevent iron deficiency during pregnancy. There is an increasing concern about excessive iron consumption as a general iron prophylaxis by pregnant… Read More

Low Birth Weight, Iron Deficiency & Behavioural Problems

Research: Babies of low birth weight are prone to both iron deficiency and behavioural problems later on. A study of early iron supplementation given to babies born under 2.5 kg found no effect on later cognitive function at 3.5 years of age, but there was a significant reduction in the prevalence of behavioural problems at… Read More