Pregnancy a powerful time
Pre-conception, pregnancy and the early years are key periods in which healthy lifestyle choices can positively influence a mother and child's life-long health.
Good nutrition and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of both the mother and child developing diseases later in life such as:
- Heart disease
- Some cancers.
The great news is that healthy eating and activity choices can be simple, affordable, and achievable for all cultures and family situations.
It's becoming more and more important for maternity and child health professionals to include discussions about healthy lifestyles in their work with mothers, infants, families and whanau.
Could mother's bacteria protect
c-section baby from future obesity risk
A team of New Zealand researchers will investigate whether bacteria from a mother's vagina could help to protect babies born by caesarean section from a greater risk of obesity.
There is growing evidence linking c-sections to an increased risk of the baby later developing obesity and immune disorders.
A large international study last year found children born by c-section were up to 25 percent more likely to become obese than those born by vaginal delivery.
Now a research team led by the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute will test a possible reason for this link.
“The hypothesis is that babies born by c-section miss out on receiving health-promoting bacteria from their mother’s vagina during birth,” says Professor Cutfield.
The Healthy Start Workforce Project offers free-of-charge workforce development programmes.
Our education programme explores the role of good nutrition and physical activity during conception, pregnancy and infancy in reducing health risks later in life.
Our Healthy Conversation Skills workshop enhances your skills to support clients to make lasting behaviour changes, especially in the area of nutrition and physical activity.
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High fat, high sugar diet during pregnancy “programmes” for health complications in mother and child
12 April 2017Eating a diet high in fat and sugar diet when pregnant leads to metabolic impairments in both the mother and her unborn child, which may 'programme' them for potential health complications later in life, a study in mice has shown.
Could mothers’ bacteria protect c-section babies from obesity risk?
11 April 2017A team of New Zealand researchers will investigate whether bacteria from a mother's vagina could protect her baby born by caesarean section from a greater risk of obesity.
Early life antibiotic use could lead to inflammatory gut diseases in adulthood
10 April 2017New research involving mice has found that antibiotic use in early life that alters the development and growth of gut bacteria, may contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and multiple sclerosis.