As any pregnant woman will tell you, morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant side effects. But recently, scientists proved that morning sickness is actually a sign your pregnancy is going well. A team of government researchers say women who experience nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy are at reduced risk of miscarriage. The researchers followed a group of women who had in the past suffered at least one miscarriage; of those subjects, the ones who had morning sickness were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have another miscarriage.
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, there are a lot of considerations. For most women in the United States, those considerations have to do with family, work, money and time. Recently, however, a new concern has appeared on the horizon: the Zika virus. That’s because women who contract the virus appear to be at risk of having babies with serious birth defects. So, if you’re ready to expand your family, what do you need to know?
Between two to 18 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, a condition that dangerous for both mothers and babies. Also, many women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes within ten years. Now a new study from Finland proves that diet, exercise and weight control counseling during early pregnancy can reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
Nina Jablonski, a professor of anthropology at Penn State University, has made a career of researching the origins of the evolution of skin color among human beings. Her findings have illuminated our view of racial identity, but they have also expanded our understanding of the role of vitamin D in human health. Dr. Jablonski says skin color regulates how much sunlight we admit into our bodies to make vitamin D, which is critical for bone health, successful pregnancies and strong immune systems.
Folic acid is one of the most critical nutrients for pregnant women. It helps expectant moms avoid anemia and pre-eclampsia. and protects the unborn infant from birth defects, including cleft palate and neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Folic acid also provides protection from anencephaly (incomplete development of primary structures in the brain), cleft lip and palate, inadequate growth and development in the womb, and low birth weight.
Kenya’s government is launching an investigation after allegations from Catholic bishops that two United Nations organizations have been sterilizing the population using the guise of an anti-tetanus vaccination program.
A statement released by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association says that the organization found a birth control hormone called beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) in a tetanus vaccine that causes miscarriage. This vaccine was being administered to over 2.3 million women and girls by UNICEF and the World Health Organization since October 2013. A tetanus shot can typically protect a person for 10 years, and boosters are available for those who have had an injury.
According to Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi and spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association said that 6 samples from around Kenya were sent to laboratories in South Africa, where they all tested positive for the HCG antigen.
When the ordinary tetanus shot is laced with b-HCG, the women develop immunity to both tetanus and HCG – a hormone that is essential for pregnancy. The body then rejects pregnancy, resulting in repeating miscarriages and risking long term sterility.
Dr. Ngare stated,
This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO compaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.
According to Bishop Paul Kariuki, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ health committee, the Ministry of Health has not tested the vaccine, trusting in its safety because it originated from WHO, an organization that is supposed to be credible.
Another member of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, Dr. Wahome Ngare, calls this vaccine out as “immoral and evil” because it was given “without disclosing its contraceptive effect to the girls and mothers”. The committee is calling all Kenyans to avoid this tetanus vaccine campaign, telling the public that it is a population control tactic.