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Dietary requirements during pregnancy

Dietary requirements during pregnancy

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Feed, Pregnancy

The demands of pregnancy necessitate additional dietary requirements. Obviously, additional energy (caloric) intake is required to support your recommended weight gain. Because energy requirements in pregnancy are increased by 17% over the nonpregnant state, a woman of normal weight should consume an additional 126 kJ (300 kcal) per day. This energy should be of high nutrient density.

Protein should comprise 20% of a normal pregnancy diet. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) in pregnancy is 60g. Fortunately, most of our diets already contain more than enough protein. Pregnant women should be aware that many animal sources of protein are very high in fat and might contribute to excessive weight gain so animal proteins should be taken sparingly. Fat should only comprise 30% of a normal pregnancy diet and carbohydrates should comprise the remaining 50%

A sample diet for normal pregnancy is based on the food pyramid and should include 6-11 servings of grains, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruit, 3-4 servings of dairy, 2-3 servings of meats, beans or nuts and 1 serving of sweets. Total energy intake should vary by BMI, but the average recommendation is 10,460 kJ (2500 kcal) per day. One study suggests that eating up to 3 meals of fish a week prior to 22 weeks’ gestation may reduce the possibility of having a pre-term birth.

Vitamins in Pregnancy

Vitamin A - a fat-soluble vitamin, is important for maintenance of visual function. Its main influence is on the retina, but it also aids glycoprotein synthesis and promotes cellular growth and differentiation in other tissues. Vitamin A is found in green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables.
Vitamin B-1 - also known as thiamine, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin. It is involved in the release of energy from cells and food sources include milk and raw grains.
Vitamin B-2 - also known as riboflavin, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin. It is also involved in the release of energy from cells. Vitamin B-2 is found in green vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, and fish.
Vitamin B-6 - also known as pyridoxine, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin and is important for metabolising proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. It is also involved in the synthesis of heme compounds and is found mostly in vegetables.
Vitamin B-12 - a water-soluble B-complex vitamin, it is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division and is found in animal proteins. Dietary deficiency is rare, but it is occasionally encountered in persons who follow strict vegan diets and can compromise intestinal function.
Vitamin C - also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin with numerous functions. These include reducing free radicals and assisting in pro-collagen formation. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables and chronic deficiency impairs collagen synthesis and leads to scurvy.
Vitamin D - a fat-soluble vitamin found in fortified milk. Exposure to ultraviolet light is necessary for vitamin conversion. Deficiency of vitamin D is associated with tooth enamel hypoplasia.
Vitamin E - a fat-soluble vitamin that is an important antioxidant. It is found in animal protein and fats. Deficiency is not a major issue in obstetrics but has been implicated in newborn anemia.
Vitamin K - a fat-soluble vitamin that is required for synthesis of clotting factors. It is found in green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, dairy products and eggs. Newborn infants are often functionally deficient in vitamin K and receive parental supplementation at birth.
Folic acid - a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that is important for DNA synthesis and cell replication. It is found in fortified grains, dried beans and leafy greens.Much has been written about folic acid and pregnancy. Deficiency in pregnancy has been linked with maternal megaloblastic anemia and fetal neural tube defects.
Niacin - is a water-soluble vitamin involved in the release of energy from cells. It is found in poultry, fish and nuts. Deficiency results in pellagra, which can lead to diarrhea and dermatitis.
Iron - is essential to the production of hemoglobin. Its dietary sources include animal protein, dried beans and fortified grains. Despite its numerous sources, women have difficulty maintaining iron balance using only a healthy diet. A well-balanced diet with 10,460 kJ (2500 kcal) per day contains approximately 15 mg of elemental iron. However, the absorption of iron is very inefficient and only approximately 10% of this is absorbed. With each normal menses, 12-15 mg of elemental iron is lost. On average, an additional 3 mg per day of elemental iron must be absorbed from dietary sources. Iron competes with zinc at absorption sites.
Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common pregnancy complications. Many studies have shown that high hemoglobin values are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Calcium - is a major component of bone, so large quantities of calcium are required in pregnancy for construction of fetal tissues, especially in the third trimester. Pregnant women under the age of 25 also still require calcium for maternal bone mass. Calcium is found in dairy products and leafy green vegetables and vitamin D is required for calcium absorption.
Phosphorus - along with calcium, phosphorus is required for bone formation. Well-balanced diets easily provide for phosphorus intake.
Zinc - is involved in nucleic acid and protein metabolism and is important in early gestation. Zinc supplementation is recommended when elemental iron supplementation exceeds 60 mg/d. Likewise, whenever zinc supplements are used, copper should also be supplemented. Different prenatal vitamin formulations contain different amounts of copper and zinc. Usually, copper or zinc supplementation can be accomplished by careful selection of a prenatal vitamin formulation.
Sodium - is present in large quantities in the modern diet and should neither be restricted nor used excessively. Well-balanced diets ‘salted to taste’ satisfy sodium requirements and obviate any need for supplementation. Pregnant women should remember that most processed and pre-prepared foods are high in sodium.
Prenatal vitamin supplements - a standard prenatal vitamin formulation should contain the following supplements - 30mg of iron, 15mg of zinc, 250mg of calcium, 2mg of vitamin B-6, 0.4 mg of folate, 50mg of vitamin C and 5mcg of vitamin D. Of course, contents vary by individual formulation, and nutrient supplementation should be chosen with attention to individual patient needs.

Popular girls baby names in New Zealand

Popular girls baby names in New Zealand

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Pregnancy , General

According to the Department of Internal Affairs, here are the most popular baby names for girls in New Zealand, based on registered births.

Paracetamol taken during pregnancy may lead to ADHD

Paracetamol taken during pregnancy may lead to ADHD

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Pregnancy

Paracetamol is the latest medicine that pregnant women now need to be aware of.

A new study released in the JAMA Pediatrics, February 2014, titled “Acetaminophen use during pregnancy, behavioural problems and hyperkinetic disorders” showed a significant link between Mum’s Paracetamol intake during pregnancy and neuro-behavioral problems in their children. The Danish study researched 64,322 children and mothers from 1996 to 2002.

ADHD is one of the most common neuro-behavioral disorders in the world and is characterised by inattention, hyperactivity, increased impulsivity and motivational and emotional imbalances. Hyperkinetic disorder is a particularly severe form of ADHD.

The study revealed that those children whose Mums took Paracetamol during pregnancy were at a 13-37% higher risk of later receiving a hospital diagnosis of hyperkinetic disorder, being treated with ADHD medications or having ADHD-like behaviors at age 7.  Additionally, the longer that Mum took Paracetamol, especially into the second and third trimesters, the stronger the associations. Even when the authors factored out other potential causes such as fevers and infections during pregnancy and the Mum’s mental health, the association remained strong.

Animal studies have previously shown that Paracetamol can act as a ‘hormone disruptor’ and it is possible that abnormal hormonal exposures during pregnancy may influence fetal brain development.

Paracetamol crosses the maternal-fetal placental barrier and therefore it is plausible that Paracetamol may influence fetal brain development by interfering with maternal hormones or through some toxic effect, such as oxidative stress and possibly damage young brain neurons.

For now, Paracetamol should be used when indicated and directed by doctor’s orders.  However, the lowest effective dose, for the shortest time, should be the safest practice until we have more data.  As always, check with your Doctor or healthcare provider before taking any new medicines or changing current treatment plans.

Reference: Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy, Behavioral Problems, and Hyperkinetic Disorders. Zeyan Liew, Beate Ritz, Cristina Rebordosa, Pei-Chen Lee, Jørn Olsen.  JAMA Pediatrics, 2014

The dangers of secondhand smoke

The dangers of secondhand smoke

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Pregnancy , General

According to data from the Women’s Health Initiative (an analysis of over 77,805 women), secondhand smoke can cause significant problems during pregnancy, almost as much as smoking during pregnancy can cause serious problems for a fetus and expectant Mums.

The data and results in this study provide new evidence suggesting that secondhand smoke can have damaging effects on pregnancy outcomes, noted Andrew Hyland, PhD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. and one of the co-authors of the study.

Women exposed to passive smoke had a significantly increased risk (between 17% to 61%) of miscarriage, stillbirth, and ectopic pregnancy. The risk was highest in nonsmokers with the greatest exposure to secondhand smoke.

This information significantly expands the scope of population that is potentially impacted by secondhand smoke and reinforces the necessity to expand smoke-free policies and areas that eliminate secondhand smoke to protect women and future children.

The important message is that passive smoke impacts pregnancy outcomes almost as much as a history of active smoking.

Ref: Hyland A, et al "Associations of lifetime active and passive smoking with spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and tubal ectopic pregnancy: A cross-sectional analysis of historical data from the Women's Health Initiative" Tobacco Control 2014; DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051458.


Parental obesity

Parental obesity

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Feed, Pregnancy

A recent Norwegian study of 90,000 children suggests that there may be a link between overweight parents, especially fathers, and autism.

We already know that certain vitamin deficiencies (folic acid, vitamin Bs and vitamin D) can have profound effects on a developing fetus and young infant. Equally we know that smoking and alcohol during pregnancy can have serious health consequences for baby. This study demonstrates how being overweight can also influence the health outcome of our children.

In the past, research has predominantly looked at Mum’s health to find the cause of certain birth defects and handicaps. Now science is realising that Dad’s lifestyle can also have a considerable impact on the outcome of a pregnancy.

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

As the first researcher to study the role of paternal obesity in autism, Dr. Pål Surén emphasizes that this is still a theory and requires much more research before scientists can discuss possible causal relationships.

"We have a long way to go. We must study genetic factors in the relationship between obesity and autism, as well as environmental factors associated with switching the genes on or off -- so-called epigenetic factors," he explains.

Surén and his fellow researchers used data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The researchers studied questionnaire data from over 90,000 Norwegian children at three, five and seven years of age. The mothers had answered detailed questions about their own mental and physical health, and about their children. The fathers completed a questionnaire about their mental and physical health while their partner was pregnant. The researchers also collected data from the Norwegian Patient Registry and from studies of children who were referred for evaluation and treatment of possible autism or Asperger's syndrome. By the end of the follow-up period, the children were aged 4 to 13 years.

Surprising findings

419 children, approximately 0.45 per cent of the sample, had an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD). This is slightly lower than in the general population (0.8 per cent) because it is difficult to diagnose autism among the youngest children. In the sample, 22 per cent of the mothers and 43 per cent of the fathers were overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 30. Approximately 10 per cent of mothers and fathers were obese, with a BMI of 30 or more.

The researchers found that maternal obesity had little association with the development of autism in the child. However, they found a doubled risk for development of autism and Asperger's syndrome in the child if the father was obese, compared with a normal weight father.

"We were very surprised by these findings because we expected that maternal obesity would be the main risk factor for the development of ASD. It means that we have had too much focus on the mother and too little on the father. This probably reflects the fact that we have given greater focus to conditions in pregnancy, such as the growth environment for the fetus in the womb than both environmental and genetic factors before conception," says Surén.

The researchers adjusted for variables that may also be associated with the development of autism in the child. In addition to adjusting for maternal obesity, they considered education, age, smoking, mental disorders, hormone therapy before pregnancy, use of folic acid, maternal diabetes , pre-eclampsia and the baby's weight at birth.

Risk genes

Surén believes that the finding about paternal obesity is sound. The researchers found that the risk remained unchanged when adjusted for socio-demographic and lifestyle factors. "Our findings therefore suggest that there may be a genetic link between obesity in the father and the development of ASD in the child," says Surén.

He points out that genetic mutation may play a role in the development of both extreme obesity and autism. Researchers have shown, for example, that if a section of chromosome 16 is missing this can lead to morbid obesity or developmental disorders in children. Mutations may be a basis for the development of a number of complex syndromes and diseases.

Another explanation may lie in Epigenetics. Epigenetic changes do not mean that the gene is altered, but that the gene is activated or inactivated as a result of environmental conditions. Switching a gene on or off at the wrong time and place can lead to adverse consequences for the individual and the epigenetic changes can be passed on to the next generation.

"We still know very little about how epigenetic changes in germ cells are affected by obesity or other environmental factors but animal experiments have shown that obese males have offspring with altered gene expression in early growth regulation," says Surén.

Further research

Researchers are still in the early stages of studying possible links between obesity in the father and the development of ASD in the child. The first study was recently published in the Pediatrics journal. The research paper is included in Surén's doctoral thesis and it was written with a large group of researchers from university and hospital environments in Norway, England and the USA.

"We have begun to sequence all genes to find mutations and we must do more epigenetic analysis. If there is a correlation between obesity and ASD, this is a risk factor where the incidence is increasing in the population. Further research is therefore of great importance to public health," says Surén.


Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Journal Reference: Suren P, et al. Parental obesity and risk of autism spectrum disorder. Pediatrics, 2014 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-3664

What do I need to know about breastfeeding (before I give birth)?

What do I need to know about breastfeeding (before I give birth)?

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Feed, Pregnancy

While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions and meet challenges along the way. Here are 11 breastfeeding tips to think about BEFORE you have your baby.

Make a plan

If you want to breastfeed, it's worth having a plan. A breastfeeding plan details how you would like to initiate feeding. Much like a birth plan, it can be as long or as short as you like. Writing down your preferences helps crystallise what is important to you in terms of feeding your baby. It also gives partners and caregivers clear information about your wishes.

Take a class

Breastfeeding antenatal classes can be a great opportunity to ask questions, find out information and include partners in breastfeeding discussions prior to the birth.

How you give birth can make a difference

Different types of birth can affect breastfeeding initiation. For example, an emergency caesarean may mean your milk takes a little longer to come in. Regardless of how you give birth, successful breastfeeding can be established in most cases. Understanding how your delivery can impact breastfeeding will help manage your expectations and allow you to adapt your plan according to your birthing experience.

Know when to ask for help

Breastfeeding is natural, but not everyone will find it easy. If you're having problems, seek early support. Getting help within the first two weeks can boost confidence and establish a strong attachment between mum and baby. Even if your feeding starts well, you may still encounter issues. Your baby could suddenly opt for frequent feeds or you might need advice about how to continue feeding once you return to work.

Get your partner onside

Watching a mum struggle to breastfeed her child can be particularly distressing for partners. Women who have a supportive partner are 10 times more likely to continue breastfeeding than those without that support. Ensuring your partner understands how important breastfeeding is to you and your baby will help them provide support during any difficult stages.

All breasts are different

There is no such thing as ideal breasts for feeding. Perfect breasts and nipples come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and colour. This also applies once your milk comes in. A woman's ability to feed her baby cannot be judged on whether her breasts are big, small, soft, hard, leaky or dry.
Know the warning signs
Occasionally, breastfeeding can lead to illness or complications. Most conditions won't require you to stop breastfeeding and are easily treated. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms for conditions such as mastitis, nipple thrush and blocked ducts will ensure you seek treatment quickly.

Trust your instincts

One of the most common complaints about breastfeeding is the plethora of conflicting advice from friends and professionals alike. Sometimes women who say feeding is hurting or not feeling right have been told their nipples look fine. If it doesn't feel right, it's not right. Don't be afraid to keep talking to people until you find someone who will listen.

It gets better

Some women have heard terrible stories of mastitis and low milk production, and are worried that they'll experience the same. The truth is, most women can produce enough milk to meet their baby's needs, and find that once they have established breastfeeding, it's a simple, convenient and even enjoyable way to feed their baby.

It's OK to stop

Fulfilling the desire to breastfeed is extremely important to many women - but motherhood doesn't happen in a vacuum. Work, additional children, exhaustion and stress may mean that breastfeeding just doesn't work out. With the right support, most breastfeeding difficulties can be overcome, but the emotional well being of mother and baby is more important than plugging away at something that causes prolonged stress and unhappiness.

Popular boys baby names in New Zealand

Popular boys baby names in New Zealand

on Tuesday, 29 April 2014. Posted in Pregnancy , General

According to the Department of Internal Affairs, here are the most popular baby names for boys in New Zealand, based on registered births.