Is Low-dose Aspirin Effective in Increasing Pregnancy & Live Birth among Women with Metabolic Syndrome?

Research Paper Title Metabolic Syndrome and the Effectiveness of Low-dose Aspirin on Reproductive Outcomes. Background Metabolic syndrome is associated with increases in both inflammation and aspirin resistance, but effectiveness of aspirin in improving reproductive health among women with metabolic syndrome is unknown. We evaluated the effectiveness of low-dose aspirin in improving reproductive outcomes across metabolic… Read More

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Weight Loss after a Baby

After having a baby, it is common for new mothers to begin thinking of ways to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy. Some mothers opt for a crash diet, characterised by: Not eating enough; and/or A fad diet (which generally involves a drastically reducing, or cutting out: fat, protein, and/or carbohydrates). It is true… Read More

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

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