STYLE & BEAUTY 03/30/2018 05:45 am ET Updated 6 days ago We asked experts to tell us the truth about hair dye and pregnancy. By Julia Brucculieri There’s long been an unwritten rule that pregnant women shouldn’t dye their hair, for fear of causing undue harm to the fetus growing inside of them. It’s unclear what sparked this concern, but women continue to ask: Is it safe to dye my hair while pregnant? Women’s worries about hair dye chemicals, such as ammonia and peroxide, are understandable. But as StyleCaster reported, the concentration of chemicals in hair dye is very low. Are the small quantities used to color your hair enough to put you at risk for serious health problems? We spoke to four doctors to find out and, according to all of them, the simple answer is no. If you’re already dyeing your hair regularly without any problems, you don’t need to stop if you become pregnant. Everyone we spoke to noted that hair … [Read more...] about Is Dyeing Your Hair When You’re Pregnant Really That Bad? Doctors Weigh In.
A three-decade-long fear of salmonella bacteria in eggs has been eased by new advice of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). The watchdog said even vulnerable individuals, such as infants, pregnant women and the elderly, can now safely enjoy runny and raw eggs if they bear the British Lion Mark. The new advice comes almost 30 years after a major salmonella outbreak in the UK and is based on scientific evidence that suggest British Lion Mark eggs have a very low risk of spreading infections. Previously, the FSA advised those who are vulnerable to infections to avoid raw and soft boiled eggs because they could carry the harmful bacteria. Read More Delicious food you need to try But the regulator has now found that the risk of salmonella poisoning from Lion Mark eggs, which make up 90% of eggs on the UK market, was "dramatically reduced". A report published by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) in July last year said the risks were "very low" for eggs … [Read more...] about Pregnant women, infants, elderly can safely enjoy some runny eggs
Maybe it was her own birth that inspired this Newport News mother to enter a drug rehab program before she got pregnant.Born to a heroin addict, she weighed only 3 pounds, 6 ounces when she arrived in a Baltimore hospital 32 years ago. She spent a month in an incubator, a few more in the hospital nursery.“Back then, they didn’t test mothers for drugs,” she said. “If the babies had withdrawals, it was like, ‘Whatever … ’ ”But she does know this: Her father remembers her nonstop crying in the months after her birth.Now she knows that’s the classic symptom of babies exposed to drugs in the womb. And it’s becoming more common in hospital nurseries as an opioid epidemic unfolds across the country.During a 12-month period ending in mid-2016, there were 1,334 drug-exposed babies born in Virginia, twice the number from a decade before. Of those, about half were diagnosed with what’s called “neonatal abstinence … [Read more...] about A Hampton Roads woman was born to a drug addict. She’s urging pregnant women to get treatment.
Many studies have shown eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements may have benefits ranging from heart health to mood boosters to brain development.Now a study suggests it may also help with asthma very early in life.Salina Rosario is a new mom who has had asthma and allergies for most of her life. "I'm allergic to animals, to dust, to pollen, everything. It's tough," Rosario said.More than 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. And about 60 percent have allergic asthma.A CDC report finds if a person has a parent with asthma, he or she is three to six times more likely to develop asthma than someone who doesn't.Rosario is concerned about those stats when it comes her 4-month-old son, Blaze."So far, thank God, he hasn't shown any symptoms yet," Rosario said.While Rosario is doing everything she can, including breastfeeding Blaze, which is linked to boosted immunity in babies, there's something else moms-to-be can do.A new study presented at the American Academy … [Read more...] about Fish oil may help pregnant women prevent asthma in their babies
A new study from Duke Health has found pregnant women experienced less secondhand smoke exposure since the 2009 passage of the 'smoking ban' in North Carolina, which outlawed smoking inside public places such as bars and restaurants. The research was published online in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Although overall, exposure has been reduced, the study identified racial and socioeconomic disparities among those who still are affected at home, at work and in their communities -- specifically women who are African American, women with less education, and those who are unmarried. The data comes from 668 women who enrolled in the study between 2005 and 2011. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the presence of cotinine, a biomarker found in blood plasma that indicates nicotine exposure within the previous 48 to 72 hours. The blood tests indicated that most non-smoking pregnant women were not exposed to nicotine in the days prior to … [Read more...] about Pregnant women in NC exposed to less secondhand nicotine after ‘smoking ban’