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To Sip or Not To Sip – Drinking Tea During Pregnancy

February 21, 2017

What did you last crave? Was it chocolate? Waffles? Upside-down sponge cake? Or was it a craving for a sip of toasty warm, delightedly delicious, mouth-wateringly aromatic tea?

With all of the warnings about consuming caffeinated drinks during pregnancy, many mums-to-be are hesitant to drink their favourite tea.

But is drinking tea during pregnancy safe? And if so, what types of tea are safe? To Sip Or Not To Sip?

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Folic Acid And Fertility – Doing More Harm Than Good?

May 25, 2016

No woman who’s expecting, or expecting to expect, can avoid the advice, from any doctor or health site worth its salt: Take folic acid.

But with levels of infertility, multiple miscarriages and failed IVF attempts on the rise, we need to take a closer look at our genetics – the MTHFR gene could be the key to conception.

The MTHFR gene directly dictates if folic acid, folinic acid or 5-MTHF is the best way to improve your folate levels for successful conception.

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Paracetamol Increases Risk of Asthma in Babies

February 17, 2016

Pregnant women may need to rethink taking paracetamol for pain relief as research has shown modest associations with taking paracetamol during pregnancy with a risk of developing asthma in the infant/child.

Worryingly the research also indicated that babies who were given paracetamol in the first 6 months of life were almost a third more likely to develop asthma.

The next time mums to be or parents reach for the paracetamol, think about these potential ramifications and reconsider whether there may be other less harmful options.

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Double Autism Risk

December 18, 2015

A study, released December 2015 has raised concerns that commonly prescribed antidepressants taken during pregnancy could substantially raise the risk of autism in the child.

The team considered potential influencing factors which are risk factors for autism. After taking these into account, the team found the use of antidepressants during the second and/or third trimester was associated with an 87 percent increased risk of ASD!

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Welcome to Australia! Introducing Methyl B9 and B12

December 15, 2015

In exciting news for Australia and our natural health industry, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has recently granted approval to use methyl B9 and methyl B12 in our supplements.

Many practitioner brands have used this approval as an opportunity to upgrade existing products or formulate new ones.

Why do we at Emed consider this approval so important? Simply put it boils down to increased availability and utilisation thereby maximising the therapeutic value of these important nutrients.

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Birth Weight a Factor in Childhood Cancer

July 15, 2015

An important piece of the puzzle in how to possibly prevent or reduce childhood cancers has recently come to light.

A study released July 2015 in the journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology announced that the occurrence of childhood cancer rises as birthweight increases.

This finding, in conjunction with other genetic and environmental factors will advance more accurate treatment protocols and advice when addressing these insidious and devastating childhood diseases.

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Does Drinking Alcohol Cause Infertility?

October 15, 2014

Around one in six Australian couples have problems with infertility, but you might not be aware that alcohol can affect your chances of successfully conceiving.

Even drinking less than one alcoholic beverage daily can disrupt a woman's menstrual cycle, while exceeding recommended alcohol limits can have a negative impact on sperm count and quality.

While the effects of moderate drinking before trying to conceive is not an issue, certainly if you are female, heavy drinking at an early age can adversely affect your later fertility.

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How Healthy Is Your Sperm?

October 1, 2014

The importance of sperm health is often underestimated when trying to conceive.

Statistically 1 in 6 couples have difficulty trying to become pregnant. Problems with male fertility represents about 40% of the reason some couples have difficulty conceiving.

Unlike women, men are constantly producing sex cells. While a woman is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have, men produce sperm continually. What a man does on a daily basis to his body therefore can affect the sperm maturation process.

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Autism and Prenatal Vitamins

July 23, 2014

Can Autism be Reduced by Prenatal Vitamins?

Women who took prenatal vitamins before and during the first month of pregnancy decreased their risk of having a child with autism dramatically, almost by half.

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