EGCG for moms and babies
Some women can develop elevated blood sugar in pregnancy, a condition called gestational diabetes. Chances are higher for women who are obese, have high blood pressure, or are over age 30, among other factors. The condition may allow the baby to grow too large and may lead to complications after birth.
In this study, 326 women in the third trimester of pregnancy with gestational diabetes took a placebo or 500 mg of epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) per day through birth.
Compared to placebo, women who had taken EGCG were more likely to give birth to normal-weight babies—less than 8 lbs. 13 oz. The women and their babies were also more likely to have normal blood sugar levels. Newborns were also less likely to have respiratory distress, have a more normal heart rate, better muscle tone and reflexes, and healthy skin color.
Mom’s multivitamin improves child cognition
In this large, long-term study, 31,290 Indonesian mothers took a prenatal multivitamin mineral or an iron and folic acid supplement from conception through birth. Doctors followed up with 2,879 of the children who were attending school at ages 9 through 12.
Children whose mothers had taken the multivitamin mineral had higher scores in general intellectual ability, comparable to one more year of schooling compared to kids whose moms had not taken the multivitamin mineral. Children of the multivitamin moms were also better able to learn new skills such as typing, reading, math, speaking and understanding language, learning sequences, rules, and categories.
Reference: Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics; March, 2017, Published Online
Natural Insights for Well Being October 2017
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