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3 out of 100 mothers 19 years or below

Maternal mortality rates in Delhi have increased marginally – from 0.37 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to 0.41 in 2016. In another worrying trend, the percentage of teenage pregnancies has gone up significantly. According to government data, three out of every 100 women (3.10%), who delivered kids in Delhi in 2016, were 19 years and below. The percentage of women from this age group delivering kids stood at 2.75, 1.93, 2.03 and 2.21 in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively . Dr Alka Kriplani, professor and head of obstetrics…

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Japanese Mothers Know Best: Arrowroots Healing Powers

I watched the lined-up buckets fill with brackish brown water as they sat on a bare concrete floor, wet with icy cold water. Not far from them were snow-white blocks of almost-finished product in wooden containers, undergoing a final drying process. What a stark contrast. This production of kudzu-ko, or arrowroot starch, requires only a plant’s rhizome and clean well water (the brown water is the result of washing the rhizomes to remove impurities). The skin comes off during a rolling process that eventually creates the snow-white powder. This pure…

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Seven hacks to good health for mothers

Eat well, stay hydrated and snack smart for good health while balancing pregnancy with busy schedules, says an expert. Poornima Shankar, Senior Research Scientist at The Himalaya Drug Company, gives some tips on how mothers and mothers-to-be can recharge their energy: Striking the energy balance: Eating healthy food is important but ensuring that the energy intake is just as much as the energy you release, is more important. If your food intake is greater than the energy spent, you will experience a positive energy balance and gain weight. Likewise, when…

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Mother’s Depression May Affect Kid’s Brain Development

Depressive symptoms in women during and after pregnancy are linked to reduced thickness of the cortex — the outer layer of the brain responsible for complex thought and behaviour — in preschool-age kids, says a new study. “Our findings underscore the importance of monitoring and supporting mental health in mothers not just in the post-partum period, but also during pregnancy,” said lead researcher Catherine Lebel of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. The findings, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, suggest that a mother’s mood may affect her child’s…

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Mothers’ Nutrition Pivotal for Healthy Child Growth, Study

Improving mothers’ nutrition before and during pregnancy is pivotal to reducing child stunting in developing countries, researchers said on Tuesday, as a new study showed poor child growth often starts in the womb. Defined as low height-for-age, stunting affects one in three children in the developing world and carries severe, irreversible consequences for both physical health and cognitive function. An analysis of data from 137 developing nations by a team of Harvard scientists found the leading cause of stunting is fetal growth restriction (FGR) – poor fetal growth in the…

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How mother’s Milk Can benefit the child’s Immunity

Breast milk is the natural first food for babies, it offers all of the electricity and nutrients that the infant needs for growth and improvement for the duration of the first few months of existence. It promotes sensory and cognitive improvement, and protects the infant against infections and continual sicknesses. in keeping with a new study, mother’s milk gives toddlers antibodies along side microbes to support the infant’s gut immune responses. Immune antibodies from mom’s breast milk interact with the immune machine of the new child to assist form lifelong…

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