Pregnant Rat Moms Need their Sleep

“maternal sleep deprivation at different stages of pregnancy leads to a significant increase in depression and anxiety, and dramatic deficits in spatial learning and memory.”

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Maternal Depression Predicts Lower Nutrition and Affects Cognition

Maternal depression and poor prenatal diet has a negative impact on cognitive function. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/early/2013/09/27/bjp.bp.113.129486.abstract Prenatal maternal depression symptoms and nutrition, and child cognitive function Background Little is currently known about how maternal depression symptoms and unhealthy nutrition during pregnancy may developmentally interrelate to negatively affect child cognitive function. Aims To test whether prenatal maternal depression symptoms…

High Fat Diet During Pregnancy Affects Baby

During pregnancy a high fat diet negatively impacts the vascular system of the offspring. OPEN ACCESS http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v37/n2/abs/ijo201242a.html International Journal of Obesity (2013) 37, 254–262; doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.42 Maternal high-fat diet impacts endothelial function in nonhuman primate offspring OBJECTIVE: The link between maternal under-nutrition and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the offspring later in life is well recognized, but the impact of maternal over-nutrition…

Massage for Premies Improves Heart Rate Variability

There used to be a time when prematures babies were left in the incubator and had minimal human contact. Along came Harry Harlow who really changed the way we look at touch and its importance to the development of a baby. Massage also has positive effects in premature babies, specifically it improves their heart rate…

Baby-Talking Gorillas

  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.22039/abstract American Journal of Primatology Volume 74, Issue 9, pages 841–852, September 2012 DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22039 Infant-Directed Communication in Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla): Do Older Animals Scaffold Communicative Competence in Infants? Infant-directed speech is a linguistic phenomenon in which adults adapt their language when addressing infants in order to provide them with more salient linguistic…