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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.

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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.

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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.




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The maternal diet influences fat and glucose metabolism of offspring through epigenetic alterations

Children of obese mothers prove to have higher metabolic disorders later in life. In a recent study published in the journal of Diabetes it found that women who had a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation, increased epigenetic changes in the offspring. To read the full article and findings please visit the link below.

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Do Antibiotics During Pregnancy Raise the Risk Of Your Child Developing Asthma?


A study published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found that women who took antibiotics during pregnancy were twice as likely to have children that developed asthma by age three.

Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking antibiotics while pregnant.

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March 3, 2015. Science Daily.

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Pretty Mommies Explains Why their Pregnancy Skin Care Line is Now Becoming Popular with Oncology Patients

It is no surprise that pregnancy skin care line products are held to a higher standard of safety. This is due to the fact that many recent studies have shown some serious concerns with a large variety of cosmetic ingredients. Some ingredients have proven to show reproductive and developmental toxicity along with birth defects, as well as being known carcinogens (cancer causing agents). They can also cause estrogenic activity which can be dangerous if expecting.

Skin care needs of pregnant women and oncology patients are very similar. Pregnancy, chemotherapy and radiation bring about some of the same skin issues and conditions such as sensitivity, irritation and dry skin. It is also imperative that expecting moms and cancer patients use clean and safe ingredients.

“Our products were developed for a very specific target market,” explains Gina Zeiger – President/Founder of Pretty Mommies, an all natural maternity skin care line. “When we launched, we set out to be the new standard in pregnancy and nursing skin care and to become the first physician maternity skin care line. What we didn’t realize at the time was how appealing our line was going to be to many other consumers outside of our particular demographic, specifically cancer patients.”

“Oncology patients require a skin care line that essentially mirrors a pregnancy line – clean, all natural, free of estrogenic activity, contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, etc… Pretty Mommies products fit this profile perfectly, so the crossover from maternity skin care to oncology skin care then becomes apparent,” concludes Zeiger.

“Being a Medical Aesthetician I am very conscientious of the products we carry in our skin care center. We find that Pretty Mommies is a great fit for not only expecting women but is also a safe and effective skin care system for our oncology clients,” states Tricia Schaefer, Oncology Skincare Specialist with truespa Skin Care Center in Palmerton, PA.

Pretty Mommies is the #1 Physician Recommended Maternity Skin Care Line. To find out more about their products, see before and after photos, read physician and patient testimonials please visit

All Pretty Mommies products are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.


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