Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used medicine in pregnancy, yet there are very few studies that have investigated the possible long-term consequences for the child. A new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggests that long-term use of paracetamol during pregnancy may increase the risk of adverse effects on child development.
Exposure to environmental contaminants during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of infections during the first three years of life and a reduced response to childhood vaccines. This is found in two studies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Caffeine intake in pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight but not to preterm delivery, according to findings from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Caffeine from coffee, but not from other sources, is associated with slightly longer pregnancies.
Women who took folic acid supplements in early pregnancy almost halved the risk of having a child with autism. Beginning to take folic acid supplements later in pregnancy did not reduce the risk. This is shown in new findings from the ABC Study and Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA).
Spending many hours in centre-based child care does not lead to more aggression and disobedience in children, according to a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa).
Low levels of acrylamide in maternal blood give better foetal growth according to two recent studies from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Most acrylamide intake comes from heat-treated food but it can also be found in tobacco smoke and in the environment.
Pregnant women with the highest blood concentrations of perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) had children with lower birth weights, according to a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). The findings support other studies on the adverse health effects of this group of environmental contaminants.
Moderate physical activity during pregnancy is associated with longer pregnancies, according to a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Pregnant women who were physically active 3-5 times a week had a 26 per cent reduced risk of premature birth. Previously, activity and exercise in the latter part of pregnancy were believed to initiate birth.
Kynurenic acid is linked to pre-eclampsia, according to a new test of blood samples from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Even before they developed pre-eclampsia, mothers had raised levels of kynurenic acid in their blood, which is formed when trytophan, an amino acid, breaks down.