Will my baby be low-birthweight?|
By Laura Lee Davies on 03/03/2008 in Labour & birth
Having a baby who is under 5lb 8oz at birth can signal long term health problems, but is there anything you can do to reduce the risk of a low birthweight?
birthweight'?A baby is considered to have a 'low birthweight' if they weigh less than 5lb 8oz (2500 grams) at birth. It is believed that over five per cent of babies born in the UK each year have a low birthweight.Around one per cent of all UK babies are born
Longterm outlook bright for premature babies|
By Laura Lee Davies on 09/02/2006 in Baby development
A new study from Canada suggests low birth-weight babies catch up with their normal birth-weight equals by early adulthood.
, the differences in attainment are not so great.Researchers at the Michael G DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, carried out a study looking at the outcomes in young adulthood, of 166 very low birth-weight infants compared to 145
Big dads more likely to have small babies|
By Kimberley Smith on 08/12/2010 in Pregnancy for dads-to-be
Babies of obese and overweight men have a higher chance of being born with a low birth rate, according to a new study
, in part, be inherited through the paternal germ line,” said Professor McCowen, the lead researcher. “It also provides some support for the theory that low birth-weight is linked to later obesity.”There’s plenty of advice out there suggesting weight loss
Cervical abnormalities and pregnancy|
By Laura Lee Davies on 18/04/2006 in Pregnancy illness & complications
A new study links premature and low-weight births to some treatments for abnormal cervical cells.
Research suggests that some treatment for cervical abnormalities could increase the risk of having premature or low-birthweight babies, or an increased chance of needing a caesarian delivery.The study, carried out at a hospital in Lancashire
Clothes for premature and low birth weight babies|
By Sarah Lawson on 18/10/2006 in Products
The clothes range mini mode have developed a thoughtful, special collection for babies under 7.5lb.
Over 100 Boots stores will this week be rolling out a whole new range of clothes, on the mini mode label, which are especially designed for premature, and low birth-weight babies.There are already some clothes ranges which go down to very small
Omega-3 and Omega-6 in pregnancy|
By Sarah Lawson on 18/12/2007 in Pregnancy diet and nutrition
What do these essential fatty acids do, and how should you take them during pregnancy?
good natural source of the right building blocks to keep our bodies looking and feeling better.Good for your baby As well as good brain development, a diet rich in these EFAs has been linked to a lower likelihood of premature birth or a low-birthweight
What is placental insufficiency?|
By Laura Lee Davies on 25/08/2006 in Pregnancy illness & complications
The placenta is the source of all nourishment to the fetus during pregnancy, but what happens when it doesn't perform effectively?
function, having previous low-birthweight babies, going through a multiple pregnancy or Rh incompatibility.How is the problem detected?The most reliable way in which doctors can detect placental insufficiency is by using a Doppler ultrasound scan where
New data links multiple cot deaths|
By ThinkBaby on 16/12/2005 in Baby health and safety
Extensive new study suggests increased risk of future pregnancy problems where a baby has suffered sudden infant death syndrome
and low birthweight.A study published today in the medical journal, The Lancet, reports on data gathered by Professor Gordon Smith at Cambridge University. The study looked at the history of 258,000 women who had gone through two single-baby births
Too much and too little pregnancy weight gain|
By Laura Lee Davies on 23/08/2006 in Your pregnant body
How do you get the balance right and what is a healthy average weight gain during pregnancy?
lot, too.) However, it is generally considered that pregnant women who do fail to put on at least 9kg are more likely to have low birth-weight or premature babies.What is too much weight gain?The average weight gain is around 11 to 12kg. Beyond this
Know-how: Coffee in Pregnancy|
By Laura Lee Davies on 21/05/2010 in Pregnancy diet and nutrition
Latest findings make the Food Standards Agency adjust its advice to pregnant women, concerning coffee drinking
it should not make a drastic difference to most mums-to-be.Why is caffeine dangerous in pregnancy?Drinking larger amounts of coffee a day has been associated with pregnancies where the baby is born low birthweight which in itself can raise the risks of cot