Allergies during pregnancy contribute to changes in the brains of rat offspring

A new study in rats could begin to explain why allergies during pregnancy are linked to higher risks for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism in children.

Researchers at The Ohio State University found significant changes in the brain makeup of fetuses and newborn rats exposed to allergens during pregnancy. …

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Pregnancy and Depression: What’s the Connection?

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Pregnancy and Depression: What’s the Connection?

A pregnant woman hides her head with a pillow.

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness. They are a natural response to life’s difficult times and events, and they usually lessen with time.

Clinical depression goes beyond feelings of sadness and is a real illness with potentially serious consequences. It is a mood disorder and impacts people’s quality of life. People with depression struggle with daily life because it affects the way they function.

Relationships, self-esteem, work, motivation, sleep, appetite, and more are all affected by depression. It is not a weakness and is a condition that requires treatment from a healthcare professional. …