Research shows need to update food safety guidance for pregnant women

Food safety advice for pregnant women has been updated in New Zealand including changes to fish, certain cheeses and pasteurized dairy products.

The focus is Listeria monocytogenes, Toxoplasma gondii, methylmercury and caffeine, as these hazards have known specific impacts on the fetus. For Salmonella and Campylobacter, associated with adverse outcomes on the pregnancy period, supporting epidemiological evidence is weaker.

New Zealand Food Safety advice on the topic during pregnancy was published in 2007. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) helped update the guidance.

Update to advice
Claire McDonald, manager of operational research at New Zealand Food Safety, said the update provides more options and ways to reduce the chance of illness from food.

“We’ve looked at new foods that were not previously considered because we want pregnant women to have the most up to date food safety information so they can enjoy a diverse diet and

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New pregnancy healthy eating app backed by clinical research

New pregnancy healthy eating app backed by clinical research
Credit: University College Dublin

Researchers at University College Dublin have helped the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) launched a new healthy eating app for pregnant women.

Hollestic provides up to a 100 recipes for healthy meal and snacks, all scientifically backed, with the aim of aiding women achieve optimum nutrition during and post pregnancy.

Each of the easy-to-use recipes is approved by researchers at the UCD Perinatal Research Centre and NMH dietitians.

“The Hollestic app is a lovely, real example of how clinical research has translated into a valuable resource for all our pregnant women,” said Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, Director of the UCD Perinatal Research Centre and consultant obstetrician at the NMH.

“Certainly in the current climate, apps like this have an even more important role to play as assess to dietitians and antenatal classes continue to be restricted by COVID19.”

The app was trialed in an internationally recognized, randomized control

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Global Baby Sound Machines Market 2020 Research Strategies, Trend and Future Development Status, Forecast by 2025

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U.S. Research Predicts Pandemic Baby Bust, Not Boom

Although "COVID babies" have plenty of nicknames, infants born during the pandemic will be few and far in between. (Photo: Carles Navarro Parcerisas / EyeEm via Getty Images)
Although “COVID babies” have plenty of nicknames, infants born during the pandemic will be few and far in between. (Photo: Carles Navarro Parcerisas / EyeEm via Getty Images)

The widely speculated “COVID baby boom” caused by the pandemic is likely not going to happen. Instead, we can expect to see declining birth rates, according to U.S. economists.

A report by Brookings Institution researchers predicts that there could be 300,000 to 500,000 fewer babies born in the U.S. next year, informed by historical analysis of previous public health crises.

Economists Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip Levine looked at birth rates from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and the 2009 Great Recession. They found that after both events, birth rates tanked. With every wave of deaths during the 1918 pandemic, fewer children were birthed nine months later. The job losses of the recession led to higher unemployment levels,

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