Encouraging a Healthy Pregnancy
For many women, falling pregnant is certainly something to celebrate, and for most individuals, the sight of a woman's pregnant belly is a thing of beauty. For some individuals pregnancy might come as a complete surprise, even if you have been planning to have a baby. Discovering that you are now pregnant can often generate mixed emotions and uncertainty as to what may lie ahead.
About 1 in 33 babies are born each year with birth defects. A birth defect is an abnormality of structure, function or metabolism (body chemistry) present at birth that results in physical or mental disabilities or death.
Thousands of various birth defects have been identified, and these birth defects are the leading cause of death for the infant in the first year of life. Even though many birth defects can not be prevented, a woman can increase her own chances of having a healthy baby by managing health concerns and adopting healthy lifestyle habits during pregnancy.
Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is of the utmost importance because many triggering factors resulting in birth defects happen very early during pregnancy and quite often before a woman is even aware that she has fallen pregnant. There are a number of steps a woman can take before and during pregnancy to reduce her risk of having a baby with a birth defect:
Genetic and environmental factors, or a combination of these factors, can cause birth defects.
However, the causes of about 70 percent of birth defects are unknown.
Birth Date and Predisposition to Illnesses
Medical researchers from various prestigious research facilities have reported that there seems to be a link between an individual's birth date and their susceptibility to acquiring certain illnesses. Researchers at Stanford University, Southwest Missouri State University, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda Maryland have independently discovered a link between an individual’s birth month and the predisposition to certain illnesses and disorders.
Those with December birthdays are predisposed to respiratory syncytial virus, an infection that causes pneumonia, but that is nothing compared to people who are born in March, who are predisposed to an unquestionable medical textbook of illnesses and disorders: Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, narcolepsy, Hodgkin's disease, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy.
The scientific community has always considered the link between an individual’s poor health and birth date as nonsense, yet recent research does in fact suggest that an individual’s birth date or birth sign may actually influence health after all. This astounding discovery is not necessarily the result of any aligning of celestial bodies, but more so relating to the time of year that an individual was born.
Studies now do indicate that an individual’s birth month does appear to have a strong connection with certain diseases that may develop over the individual’s lifespan. Let us just take a look at what diseases and disorders are found to be most common for each birth month. ABC News compiled this list:
While some medical experts agree that there appears to be a pattern between birth month and disease, astrologers understand that correlating energy to month and birth signs, is tuning into the rhythms of nature.
We have been led to believe that the way to better health is more about doctors and medical technology than it is about individual responsibility and personal discipline.
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