Pear and Fig Tart

  Today is a pear and fig tart.  With the crispness which has crept into the morning air I have been reminded of autumn in western New York.  Complete with fall foliage colored in reds, orange and yellow.  The air scented with cider donuts, apples and spices including cinnamon and clove.  It used to be apples that heralded the change…

Air pollution, it is not just hard on the lungs

For families who have suffered from pregnancy related conditions such as pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery and small for gestational age babies, there may never be a good reason for why these conditions happen.  This is often in part because many factors can contribute either singly or in tandem towards the development of conditions such as pre-eclampsia,…

Stress in pregnancy, bad news for moms and babies

Two new studies have been recently published investigating stress and its effects on pregnancy.  One study, published in Clinical Psychological Science by Hahn-Holbrook and colleagues investigated the effect of stress on the hormone placental corticotropin releasing hormone and risk for developing postpartum depression.  They found that women with more social support from family had the lowest concentrations…

Coffee, caffeine and pregnancy: The new research

     A recent study published in Biomedical Central by Sengpiel and colleagues has found an association between coffee consumption and increased pregnancy length (5-8 hours / 100 mg caffeine).  Additionally, there was also an association between caffeine intake from all possible sources (coffee, tea, chocolate) and delivering babies with low birth weight and at increased risk…