A new study finds that babies born to mothers who are depressed during pregnancy have higher levels of stress hormones, decreased muscle tone, and other neurological and behavior differences. This means that infants are either more sensitive to stress or are less able to shut down their stress responses.
Lead Investigator Dr. Delia M. Vasquez and her colleagues conducted a study, that included 154 pregnant woman, over the age of 20, whose depressive symptoms, were addressed during their 28,32, or 37th week of pregnancy. Their depressive symptoms were also looked at after the birth. Umbilical cord blood was taken at birth to measure the levels of stress hormones, and at 2 weeks, the infants underwent neurobehavioral tests. Neurobehavioral tests assess the infant’s motor skills, and responses to stress.
A clinical director of U-M’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section, Dr Sheila Marcus, stated it’s difficult to say what the differences in babies born to mothers with depression, if it is a possible or negative thing. She also said that it is hard to determine what the impact will be as they age, but they are looking into differences in risk markers. With the knowledge of these risk markers, will the physicians know which women need more attention during pregnancy or what woman will benefit from postpartum programs.
It is important that pregnant women who show signs of depression contact a therapist because up to one in five women experience depression during pregnancy.
A pomegranate is a unique fruit in comparison to many of the others. It consists of a hard exterior which protects the pomegranate seeds embedded inside.Pomegranates have been used in many literary works as a symbol of fertility and marriage. There have been numerous myths written based on pomegranates! People in the early ages even believed in the pomegranate’s ability to heal and restore health.
In this century, pomegranates are considered to be one of the healthiest fruits out there. Pomegranates contain an abundance of vitamins and other beneficial properties. These consist of: antioxidants, folic acid, iron, and more.
The antioxidants aid the heart by lowering plaque buildup in the arteries. Plaque buildup can cause high blood pressure or even worse conditions such as heart attack or stroke. There are numerous other types of heart conditions that can occur. Reducing plaque in the blood vessels allows proper blood flow. In addition, pomegranates have been found to lower levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
Drinking about ¼ cup of pomegranate juice regularly allows for good circulation and control of blood pressure. Better yet, it has also been found that pomegranates can help prevent certain cancers like lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Pomegranates are also a great source of fiber. The fiber is found in the pomegranate seeds. Just a half cup serving of pomegranate seeds provides about five grams of fiber. That’s 20% of the recommended daily intake of fiber! Moreover, pomegranates have the ability to reduce inflammation. For this reason eating pomegranates can be especially beneficial for arthritis patients. It has also been found that pomegranates are able to stop cartilage from progressively deteriorating.
Despite all the benefits of pomegranates, they are still not eaten to as large of a scale as other fruits. It’s “[A pomegranate] a day that keeps the doctor away!” Some even believe that eating pomegranates when you are sick can get rid of the common cold. It’s up to you to determine whether this is a myth or not. Try it for yourself!