Supplementation of Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, and Vitamin D Decreases Effects of Gestational Diabetes

Author: Lauren Frick The implications of supplementing magnesium, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D into the diet of a pregnant woman with GDM (Gestational diabetes mellitus) was studied by a group of researchers in Iran. GDM, when glucose intolerance is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy, is an extremely common pregnancy complication common, found 15-20% worldwide. Oftentimes, obesity tends to enforce oxidative stress (an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body) which results …

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CAM Offers Both Physical and Emotional Relief During Pregnancy

  Author: Lauren Frick   Dr. Mary Mitchell, a professor in the department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of West England, interviewed 14 women who had experience with professionals in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in order to determine the nature of their experiences and what motivated them to seek CAM intervention. CAM professionals focus their practice on the “interconnections of mind, body, and spirit,” and many women seek their help in order …

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Birth Ball Exercises During Childbirth are Effective for Decreasing Pain

Author: Lauren Frick Pain during labor is a given, and some women choose to forego anesthetic intervention to improve chances of a normal birth for their baby. As a result, there is a need for pain-relieving measures that are non-pharmacological in order to mitigate and manage the pain. One such measure is the birth ball (aka Swiss Ball), which was introduced as a tool for childbirth in 1980. Other than a means for reducing pain, …

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