Category Archives: pregnancy

Cool Cures from Around the World

alternahealthgrrrl.comOne culture’s medicine may be another’s entertainment, at least if you’re watching Fox News. This Health Magazine story posted on foxnews.com, Alternative Therapies that Actually Work, is a bit mundane, even though it features the well-respected and exciting Woodson Merrell, MD. It’s your standard who-knew-acupuncture-actually-helps  round up.

But check out the Reuters slide show that goes with it! I’m not sure the prenatal-dolphin-sonic-kiss treatment shown here is authentic or effective, and it’s not cool to call them “crazy cures” but it’s a refreshing twist on integrative medicine coverage. A little more reporting and we might be able to call it anthropological.

To see the entire slideshow, click over to Foxnews.com.

Related alternahealthgrrrl story:  You Call That Maternity Leave?!?!, a look at parental leave policies around the globe.


What a Relief! Constipation-Causing Vitamins Aren’t So Needed During Pregnancy

 

Iron supplements

Fewer iron supplements during pregnancy work just as well for preventing anemia, according to a new Cochrane review. This is nice news for pregnant women, who very often experience uncomfortable side effects such as nausea and constipation when they follow the recommendation to take the prenatal supplements everyday.

Lack of iron can cause anemia in pregnant women, potentially increasing the risk of complications at delivery. It may also be harmful to their babies, through increased risk of low birth weight and even delayed growth and development later in life. The researchers analyzed data from 18 trials involving a total of 4,072 pregnant women who took iron supplements alone, with folic acid or with multi-vitamin and mineral supplements. According to the results, women who took iron supplements once, twice or three times a week on non-consecutive days were no more likely to suffer from anemia by the end of their pregnancies than those who took them daily, and their babies were no more likely to be born early or have a low birth weight. See the study details

Related alternahealthgrrrl content:  Herbal Medicine Under The Microscope;      You Call That Maternity Leave?!?!?Natural Cholesterol Helpers: Safe Alternatives to Statin Drugs