Iron is an important nutrient for both pregnant women and their babies as it transports oxygen around the body
Many factors contribute to childhood obesity, including, genetic (and epigenetic) predisposition, a social trend towards higher caloric intake, and parental obesity. Epidemiological studies have consistently found that obese parents often raise obese children.
The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its first ever global guidelines to support women and newborns in the postnatal period – the first six weeks after birth. This is a critical time for ensuring newborn and maternal survival and for supporting healthy development of the baby as well as the mother’s overall mental and physical recovery and wellbeing.
If the idea of spending your pregnancy lying on the sofa fills you with dread, you’re not alone. While many pregnant women take comfort in resting up ahead of baby’s arrival – and with some women having to do so for medical reasons, such as pre-eclampsia – others prefer to keep active during pregnancy.
Only about 40 percent of women who gave birth in the United States in 2019 had good heart health before the pregnancy, according to research published today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA). The major factors in low pre-pregnancy health noted by researchers included excess weight, hypertension, and diabetes.