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Higher DASH diet scores linked to lower diastolic BP in pregnancy

January 05, 2021

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Higher Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet scores were associated with lower diastolic BP in midpregnancy and lower fetoplacental vascular function in mid- and late pregnancy, researchers reported.

“We observed that a higher maternal DASH diet score was associated with a lower midpregnancy diastolic blood pressure but not with diastolic blood pressure in early- or

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Peppermint Tea in Pregnancy: Safety, Benefits, and More

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also feel like it comes with a lot of restrictions. While your morning cup o’ joe is probably just fine in moderation, if you’re a caffeine lover, you’re going to have to make some changes.

Many people turn to herbal teas to replace their favorite caffeinated latte or mid-morning espresso. And peppermint tea may be the perfect noncaffeinated pick-me-up when you’re pregnant. Here’s what you need to know.

Peppermint tea is considered an herbal tea. It’s made from the peppermint plant, which is native to Europe and Asia.

The peppermint plant is known as an aromatic herb that has a variety of uses as a flavoring agent for everything from mints and toothpaste to foods.

The plant leaves can also be used to create essential oils that include menthol, limonene, and menthone. Menthol oil is probably a smell most people recognize and

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5 Tips for Managing Pregnancy Challenges with Migraine

Managing migraine throughout pregnancy can be a challenge, but there are options that can help limit attacks.

Everyone says it’s difficult, but nothing quite prepares you for the challenges that come when managing migraine while pregnant.

Not only are you dealing with wild hormonal changes, but there’s also not a lot you can do when you need relief from attacks.

This past year I went through in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, which ended in a successful embryo transfer. Thrilled with our viable pregnancy, I had no idea that my first trimester would bring an increase in my vestibular migraine attacks.

Not only was I having to supplement estrogen and progesterone to sustain the pregnancy, but I was also dealing with horrible “morning” sickness — that actually lasted all day. It was especially bad in the evening hours, when I couldn’t keep anything down until about 18 weeks.

When managing migraine,

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Listeria Is the Biggest Foodborne Threat to Pregnancy

South Australians have been warned about the dangers of food poisoning after Listeria was detected in a range of ham products. SA Health issued an urgent recall for a list of O’Brien’s leg hams that have been on sale since December 2020. Listeria is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, and it can be found in everything from cheese to rockmelons. So here’s everything you need to know to protect yourself.

Illustration by Sam Woolley.

Listeria Is Rare, But It Can Kill Your Baby

While food poisoning is never fun, this particular type of food poisoning, caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is especially awful if you’re pregnant. About a quarter of Listeria infections in pregnant people end in miscarriage, stillbirth or death of the newborn.

The only bright spot here is that Listeria infection is rare. It causes 1600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the US each

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