Make sure to get your folic acid during pregnancy!

In an article published in the American Journal of Hypertension, researchers found that mothers who had a higher level of folate during pregnancy reduced the chances of their offspring developing high blood pressure. There is much evidence that supports that maternal nutrition during pregnancy influences their child’s cardiometabolic health. Because controlling cardiovascular health in adults is not only difficult but also very expensive, identifying early life factors for prevention of high blood pressure is a very smart preventive illness – health strategy.

To learn more about this study please visit the link below.


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Early period may increase risk of gestational diabetes by 50%.

4,700 women enrolled in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Researchers discovered that women who had their first period by age 11 or younger had a 50% higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than those who had their period after the age of 13. It is still unknown why gestational diabetes occurs and affects approximately 9% of women giving birth. If gone untreated it can cause the baby to be overweight, which may put the newborn at risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes later in life.

To find out more about this study please visit the link below.


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Can Vitamin B3 Help With Preeclampsia?

A new study out of Tohoku University in Japan shows that Vitamin B3 may be a potential treatment for women who suffer from preeclampsia. Japanese researchers, along with scientists from the United States, found that nicotinamide relieves preeclampsia in mouse models. The researchers went on to show that in many cases nicotinamide also prevents miscarriage, prolongs pregnancy period and improves the growth of the babies in mice with preeclampsia.

To find out more regarding this study please visit the link below.




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Children That Were Born Late Appear To Score Better On Cognitive Tests

Pregnancy News – A recent study conducted at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and lead by David N. Figlio, Ph.D., found that babies born at 41 weeks had higher test scores in elementary and middle school and had a higher chance of being gifted.

Figlio and his colleagues looked at records for more than 1.4 million children in the state of Florida, born between 1994 and 2002. All were single births and 80% of them attended public schools.

The authors of the study say that it may help parents as well as doctors make more informed decision when considering inducing delivery.

They say:

“While this article does not constitute a course of action for clinicians, our findings provide useful long-term information to complement the extant short-term data for expectant parents and physicians who are considering whether to induce delivery at full term or wait another week until late term.”

The study also found that those who are born late appear to have a greater risk of abnormal conditions at birth and physical challenges during childhood.

Source: David Figlio et al., Long-term cognitive and health outcomes of school-aged children who were born late-term vs full-term, JAMA Pediatrics, doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0238, published 6 June 2016.

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Why are women ignoring pregnancy guidelines while taking harmful acne drugs?

A new study out of Canada found that up to 50% of women taking Isotretinoin, a teratogen, which is widely used to treat cystic acne (brand name Accutane) are not following the prescribed guidelines and in doing so putting themselves and their baby at risk.

Isotretinoin belongs to a class of drug called retinoids. Isotretinoin is known to increase the risk for pregnancy loss, birth defects – including craniofacial and heart defects – and death shortly after birth.

The study was conducted regarding an oral Isotrtinoin. However, there are many topical products either over-the-counter or medical grade that women are using daily that contain tretinoins (retinoids, retinols, etc…).  Not many people are discussing the potentially harmful effects that these products can cause during pregnancy. It’s the main reason why Pretty Mommies was developed; to offer pregnant and nursing women a safe, all-natural alternative to combat hormonal acne.

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant please thoroughly investigate the ingredients found in the topical products you are using; to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Source:  http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2016/04/25/cmaj.151243



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Having a Baby after 35

Many women are choosing to have babies later in life due to their careers and a multitude of other factors. As most of us know there can be some challenges associated with pregnancy in your mid-thirties and later. Not only reproductive challenges because the quality and quantity of eggs declined, but also health issue concerning the mother and child. The risks to the mother include but are not limited to diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. There is also a higher risk for having a baby with a birth defect associated with chromosome abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.

There are some things that you can do that help reduce the risks. It is always important to pay great attention to diet, exercise and weight gain, but especially for older women. Taking 400 micrograms daily of Folic Acid a month before conception and throughout pregnancy is highly recommended. It is important to limit exposure to toxic chemicals, many which can be found in everyday products like your skin care and cleaning items. That is why products like Pretty Mommies are so important. They provide safe and effective pregnancy skin care without dangerous and toxic chemicals.

**Sourced from an article found in Medical News Today. Please click here to read full article.

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Do pregnant women who exercise have children that are more likely to do so? A recent study suggests this is the case!

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Studies in the past have suggested that women who exercise while pregnant have children that are more prone to exercise when they become adults. It was believed that these studies could be strongly related to a mothers influence on her children post birth.

However, in a recent study conducted by Prof. Robert A Waterland of Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital, is published in The FASEB Journal, it shows that mice who exercised regularly while pregnant had offspring who did the same. In fact, the study concluded that mice that were born to mothers who were physically active during pregnancy proved to be 50% more active than offspring who were born to mothers who did not exercise.

To read more about the study, click here.

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Can your partners caffeine consumption lead to miscarriages?

In a very interesting new study, published online last week in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that not only women who consumed more caffeine, but also their partners (men) who did, had a higher chance of miscarriage in the first trimester. For those whose partner drank more than three caffeinated drinks per day, their chance of miscarriage increased. The study was conducted on a controlled group of 344 heterosexual couples who were followed several weeks before and after they became pregnant.

Although the study concluded that higher miscarriages were reported for those who consumed more caffeinated drinks, it cannot conclusively prove that one leads to the other.

Click here for the link to the study/source.

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Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk

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Contrary to what was previously believed, labors that are induced in older women after 39 weeks does not increase the chance of C-Sections. A British study conducted at the University of Nottingham included 619 women over the age of 34, having their first baby. Half of the study participants were randomly assigned to have their labor induced at 39 weeks. They found that the women induced had no greater increase in C-sections than those not induced. They also concluded that induction showed no difference in health in moms and newborns.

To read more:

SOURCES: Kate Walker, M.R.C.O.G., specialty trainee, obstetrics and gynecology, University of Nottingham, England; William Grobman, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; March 3, 2016, New England Journal of Medicine

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Do your cosmetic and personal care products contain phthalates?

If so, you should be concerned, especially if pregnant because safe pregnancy skin care is extremely important.

Phthalates are found in a significant amount of everyday products. Common items like toys, electronics, fragrances and lotions. Phthalate’s have been linked to a host of health issues such as – breast cancer, asthma, obesity, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral issues, neurodevelopment issues and many more.

Because of the CDC’s warning of phthalates it required the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take a closer look which lead to the report on phthalates – the Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel on Phthalates or CHAP which was finalized in 2014.

“The Chap report is the first major regulatory document in the federal government that’s highlighting the extent of the new science on the risks of phthalates,” says Erik Olson, senior strategic director of food and agriculture and health programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The fact that the commission is looking both at phthalates as a group and at the toxicology of individual phthalates is really important,” he says.

Phthalates can be absorbed, digested and inhaled. It can even be passed from mother to unborn child because they can cross the placenta. Mothers can also pass on phthalates to their newborn via breast milk.

It is very important to pay attention to the products your using now during pregnancy. All Pretty Mommies products are phthalate free and free of many other harmful chemicals. In addition, we are also Gluten Free, Estrogenic Activity Free, Vegan and made in the USA. WE are the #1 recommend maternity skin care line.






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