Many mums-to-be will disagree, but scientists have once again proved that toxicosis in the first trimester of pregnancy is good for their health – and that of their future babies.
Experts from the National Institutes of Health in Maryland have shared the surprising results of their new study proving that morning sickness and other “charms” of early pregnancy reduce the risk of having a spontaneous abortion. Observing the condition of more than 800 pregnant women, the researchers noted that such complaints as severe morning sickness in the middle of the first trimester (around 8 weeks and beyond) reduces the risk of miscarriage by almost 75%. But among those who did not complain of nausea, there were many more who lost a baby as a result.
How did the scientists explain this? Since the mechanism of toxicity is still not fully elucidated, its origin is attributed to changes in hormonal background. The stronger it is, the more nauseous the woman is. But the same hormones that make expectant mothers run to the bathroom in the morning, provide the most favorable conditions for bearing a child. Or maybe, say scientists, it’s all about genes. The more different the genotype of the parents-to-be, the more viable the fruit of their love is. But these same differences make the mother-to-be suffer at the beginning of pregnancy, because the baby inside her is half of the genes that are foreign to her (and so unlike her own!).
It remains to add that the doctors themselves, who have conducted studies, urge not to worry if you feel nauseous in the morning, but not too much, or not at all. After all, strong morning sickness (so seemingly beneficial!) can cause many problems – dehydration, lack of nutrients and vitamins, anemia, depression. And all this is clearly not good for the mother-to-be. Enjoy any pregnancy, though with morning sickness, though without. And if possible, lead a healthy lifestyle: in any case, it will benefit the future baby.
Every Parent Should Know
In summer, children’s inflatable pools become the No. 1 source of danger. American pediatricians estimate it is the leading cause of death for children aged 0 to 5 years old.
Swimming pool accidents make up 29 % of all unfortunate incidents. Even in car accidents fewer children die.
As writes Infox referring to a study conducted by specialists of the Center for Research in Child Trauma in Ohio, the results of which were published in the journal Pediatrics, it is enough for a child in a 5 cm water level in the pool to drown. Between 2001 and 2009, 209 children died in inflatable pools in the USA. 43% of the dead toddlers were under adult supervision when they slipped into the water, 39% were left alone and 18% died when adults ‘stepped aside for a second’.
Study leader Gary Smith notes: “What parents don’t realize is that it only takes a fraction of a minute for a young child to slide underwater. The breath catches, the heart stops – and the baby is dead. It all happens very quickly.”
Podiatrists say that inflatable pools without a railing are the number 1 source of danger. If you do have one, you should be at arm’s length from your child and be in complete control of everything that happens in the water. You also need to know first aid techniques and be able to apply them in practice.