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Mom's diet may alter infant's allergies - eczema and Wheeze

Greater intake of green and yellow vegetables, citrus fruit, and veggies and fruits high in beta carotene (generally those colored red and orange) may lessen the risk of having a baby with eczema (itchy, dry, red patched skin), Dr. Yoshihiro Miyake at Fukuoka University and colleagues found.
Foods high in vitamin E, found in some green vegetables, similarly may lessen the risk of having a wheezy infant, they report in the journal Allergy.

Your prenatal yoga classes are benefiting you baby's heart as well as you new research suggests

Here is some good news if you practising prenatal yoga a couple of times a week - new research presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society on Monday 7th April 2008 reports that "When the mom exercises during pregnancy, the unborn baby gets the same type of training effect that you would see in an adult - so you see the lower heart rate and also improved heart rate variability, which is evidence of improvements in the nervous system of the heart."

Dr. Linda E. May, from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, and her colleagues tested the hypothesis that foetuses exposed to exercise in the womb have better autonomic function compared with that of foetuses not exposed to exercise.
How often and for how long and at what intensity do you need to exercise to see these benefits? Probably more than once a week.
In the pilot study the researchers compared a group of 5 women who performed moderate intensity aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week, with another group of 5 who had no regular exercise regime. They measured the foetal heart rate and heart rate variability between 28 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Foetuses exposed to maternal exercise had significantly lower heart rates than foetuses not exposed to exercise. At each stage of pregnancy, the differences between the average foetal heart rates of the two groups were statistically significant. Foetal heart rate variability was also significantly higher in the exercise group than in the non-exercise group.
"Maternal exercise may be the earliest intervention to improve the heart of children and possibly the best," said Dr May.