When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks, Medical University of Vienna researchers report. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders… Read more

Exposure to acetaminophen during pregnancy may raise a child’s risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder, suggests a study from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers analyzed data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a long-term study of factors influencing pregnancy and child development. They collected umbilical cord blood from 996 births and measured the amount… Read more

The types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most during pregnancy have been identified in new research by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian[1]. The study suggested that pregnant women experiencing physical and psychological stress are less likely to have a boy. “The womb is an influential… Read more

Maternal stress before and during pregnancy could affect a baby’s brain development, research from King’s College London has found. MRC Doctoral Researcher in Perinatal Imaging and Health, Alexandra Lautarescu and Head of Advanced Neuroimaging, Professor Serena Counsell, for the first time looked at the relationship between maternal stress and brain development in 251 premature babies… Read more

An association between paracetamol intake and hyperactivity and attention problems has been identified in a new study. The research investigated if there were any effects of taking paracetamol in mid-pregnancy and the behaviour of the offspring between the ages of 6 month and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of… Read more