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Coffee Drinking During Pregnancy Increases Risk Of Obesity In Children – Scientists

By Appolonia Adeyemi

 

Scientists have warned mothers-to-be against drinking coffee, saying it may lead to obesity in their babies. According to the study findings published in ‘BMJ Open Journal,’ even one or two cups of coffee may increase the risk of obesity in the children. Coffee is one of the most preferred and loved caffeinated beverages around the world and many people all over the world take it.

There have been several scientific studies on the benefits and side-effects of coffee. Coffee has been shown to be a potent source of healthful antioxidants. Similarly, part of the previous studies showed that potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include protection against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart.

However, this new study was warning mothers-to-be against drinking coffee, though it was not clear how prenatal coffee consumption is linked to child obesity The researchers looked at some 50,943 expectant mothers and those women who consumed caffeine during their pregnancy were monitored along with their babies until these kids were about eight years old.

“The study results stated that the number of kids of the age of five years who were overweight or obese was five percent higher in the group of women who had consumed the highest amount of coffee during their pregnancy period, as compared to the group of women who had the lowest coffee consumption,” the ‘NDTV’ reported.

Although the Swedish National Food Agency recommended restricting caffeine consumption to about three cups every day for pregnant women, the new study found that consuming even this stipulated amount of coffee was not completely safe as its findings showed that increased risk of obesity was present in the children of women who had stuck to this limit.  (New Telegraph)

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Women Who Eat Lot Of Fast Food Have Problems With Conception – Scientific Study

By Appolonia Adeyemi

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Scientists said women who eat a lot of fast food would experience a delay in conception. According to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal ‘Human Reproduction,’ people who eat fast food such as burgers, pizza and deep-fried chicken four or more times a week compared to those who never or rarely touched the stuff took an extra month to become pregnant.

The study showed that good diet increased the chances of conception. Prof. Claire Roberts, from the University of Adelaide, Australia, who led the study, said: “These findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant.”

In a previous study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health also linked poor diet with infertility. In the previous study, researchers worked for eight years with 17,544 women who did not have infertility history and were trying to become pregnant. The goal of the long-term study was to find the link between the ovulatory disorder and certain food choices and lifestyle.

The scientists after paying attention to lifestyle factors including the consumption of monounsaturated fats, vegetable protein, carbohydrates with low glycemic index and other nutrients, found that increased popularity of ‘fertility diets’ may be positively related to lowering the risk of ovulatory disorder and consequent infertility. In the new study, the researchers quizzed 5,598 women in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland about what they had eaten in the month before they became pregnant with their first child.

Similarly, they asked the women how often they ate fruits, green leafy vegetables and fish, as well as foods, such as burgers, pizza, fried chicken and chips, from fast food outlets.

The study found those who ate fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant than those who never or rarely ate.    (New Telegraph)

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Shocking: Pastor Impregnates, Kills Chorister, A Lady, An Infant, Others Who Knew About It

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested the Senior Pastor of Altar of Grace Ministries, Chidiebere Okoroafor, for allegedly killing three people, including two pregnant women and an infant near Izuom market, Oyigbo.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Pastor Okoroafor had impregnated Olumma Onwaagba, who until her death was a member of the church choir.

It was gathered that Okoroafor allegedly pressured Olumma to terminate the pregnancy but she refused. Her refusal led to her death and that of those who knew about the scandal.

While speaking to newsmen, the suspect said: “I don’t know what came over me. It was the handiwork of the devil. I am just begging for forgiveness from the families.”

According to the police, “We discovered that the Pastor was having an amorous affair with one of the deceased, Uloma. The Pastor manipulated the two women on the 10th of December by first luring Concilia to an uncompleted building and killed her there.

After strangulating the late Concilia, he then took Uloma with Christabel in a tricycle to an isolated farm at Igberu road and gruesomely murdered her in the surrounding overgrown bush with the baby strapped to her back.She was suffocated with the wrapper she used in strapping the baby to her back.” The bodies of the deceased have since been recovered.

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Pregnant Virgin Says Why She Doesn’t Want To Sleep With Any Man |RN

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A 29-year-old lady has revealed why she got pregnant without sleeping with a man.

The Canadian, who gave only her first name as Lauren, revealed that she doesn’t care much about dating any man.

She also revealed that she grew up with a gland disorder that affects her body’s hormone production. This made her to seek a sperm donor and eventually become a single mum — against the advice of doctors and friends.

“I was born with hypopituitarism, which means my pituitary gland is not formed properly.

“It doesn’t send the right hormonal messages to the other glands in the body, like the adrenaline gland or the ovaries. Because of that, I have to take hormone replacements to develop necessary areas of my body.

“I’ve had it under control now for 29 years, so it’s not an issue now. But it was very obviously different because I was taking thyroid pills and taking a needle of growth hormones every day.

“Because of my pituitary gland, I went through puberty super late. I wouldn’t have gone through it at all without higher oestrogen levels.

“I really only started that because I was getting made fun of for being really flat chested, whereas everybody else was getting their boobs and everything at that point.

“The hardest thing was probably getting pregnant. Initially, my endocrinologist said it wouldn’t happen; that I’ll need to get an egg donor and spend tens of thousands of dollars on IVF. I felt really shut down. But he referred me to a fertility clinic anyway.

“I spent an entire year on a waiting list thinking it was never going to happen and then after a five-minute appointment with a fertility expert, everything changed,” Lauren explains.

She confessed that she dated “here and there” up until last December; and even had a boyfriend she tried to be intimate with, but that they both concluded it wasn’t working and broke off before sex could happen.

Lauren, whose baby is due in June said, “Since I’ve been pregnant, there have been a few times where I’ve felt like maybe it would be nice to go out and have sex, but that feeling very quickly passes — I realise I’m not acting like myself.”

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Man Accused Of Impregnanting, Aborting Three Times For Wife’s Sister |RN

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An orphan, Basirat, has been taken into protective custody by the Lagos State Government after she was allegedly abused by people who should have protected her.

First was her teacher, then her sister’s husband.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Basirat had been put in the care of her sister who lived in the Ajah area of Lagos State, after her parents died in 2014 when she was barely 15.

She was enrolled in a private school in Ikota, where a teacher, Folorunsho Joseph, 34, allegedly drugged and deflowered her.

Her sister’s husband, 37-year-old Mukaila Bello, allegedly took advantage of the incident and defiled her repeatedly until she became pregnant.

Bello, an indigene of Kwara State, has four children and works with a charity organisation on Victoria Island, Lagos State.

After forcing Basirat to have an abortion in a chemist’s, Bello was alleged to have continued to have sex with her until she became pregnant the second time.

He allegedly took her to a hospital in the Orile area of the state where another abortion was carried out.

The victim reportedly informed her grandparent, who relocated her to the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State to live with some in-laws.

Bello allegedly visited and defiled her at the new place, which resulted in a third pregnancy.

He was said to have made her to have an abortion for the third time.

The victim’s family members subsequently petitioned the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender.

Basirat was taken to the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, where medical tests were carried out on her.

The test results reportedly confirmed that she was defiled.

Basirat, who spoke with our correspondent, said her ordeal started after her parents died.

She said, “After their death, I went to stay with my sister in Ajah where I was enrolled in a secondary school in Ikota. One day, my teacher asked me to bring a textbook from his house. When I got there, he gave me something to drink and I slept off. By the time I woke up, he had deflowered me. When I got home, I told my sister and her husband. They went to the teacher’s house with a policeman, but he had fled.

“After the incident, my sister’s husband started making advances at me. One day, we went to take one of his children from school and he stopped by at a hotel. He said he wanted to sleep with me, but I refused. He said he had taken a drug already. He forced himself on me in the presence of the small child.”

She said she could not tell her sister because she had high blood pressure, adding that the abuse continued until she became pregnant sometime in 2015.

Basirat said the suspect pleaded with her not to tell anyone so as not to “destroy the family,” adding that she had an abortion.

She said the abuse went on until she became pregnant the second time in 2016 and was forced to have another abortion.

“I had the chance to stop living in the house when I went for a festival with my grandpa in Agbowa, Ikorodu. I told him that I was not returning to Ajah because my sister’s husband had impregnated and aborted for me twice,” she added.

She claimed that an aunt who stayed in London arranged for her relocation to Ijebu Ode, the hometown of her (the aunt’s) in-laws.

Basirat claimed that while she was waiting to go to Ijebu Ode, Bello used the grandpa’s phone to speak with her.

“He called my grandpa and asked him to give me the phone. He queried me for telling them about what had been happening and ordered that I recant my statements, but I refused.

“He (Bello) later said he wanted to give me a phone and he would bring it to Ijebu Ode. Shortly after I got to Ijebu Ode in May 2017, he came visiting and slept with me. He did it about three times. He said his friend stayed in Ijebu Ode. I became pregnant the third time and he gave me money for the abortion,” she said.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect allegedly became desperate to have Basirat back and pestered her to call her grandpa and deny her allegations against him.

When she didn’t bulge, the suspect was alleged to have started monitoring her activities on Facebook through the phone he gave her in Ijebu Ode.

Basirat said she had added a male colleague in a tailoring shop on Facebook when the suspect called and accused her of having a boyfriend.

“He called the person I was staying with on the telephone. He told the man that he should chase me away from the house because I was evil.

“The family asked me what was going on and I told them it was my sister’s husband and he had already threatened that if I didn’t return to his house, he would do something to make sure those I was living with chase me out,” she added.

However, the daughter of the man with whom Basirat lived in Ijebu Ode, Kaosara, said Bello was known to her family as Basirat’s boyfriend.

She said, “On August 8, 2017, we saw a mobile phone in Basirat’s wardrobe. My stepmother spoke with him (Bello) on the telephone and he confirmed that he gave her the phone. He said he wanted to marry her. He and my stepmother spoke frequently on the phone. I also spoke with me a couple of times.”

She said she warned Basirat not to have another boyfriend since she had a serious suitor.

Kaosara said the relationship progressed and she once asked the suspect for money for Basirat’s aso ebi for a wedding, and he allegedly sent N4,000.

“All this while, we never knew Mukaila (Bello) was Basirat’s sister’s husband. However, we noticed that he was always monitoring her.

“One day, the girl got fed up and she confessed that the man was her sister’s husband who after impregnating her twice, followed her to Ijebu Ode and impregnated her the third time. She said she had told him she was not interested in the relationship, but he had refused to let go of her,” she said.

Kaosara’s stepmother, Asisat, claimed that Bello gave her beverages while introducing himself as a suitor, which she rejected.

She said she was surprised at their age difference and asked the 37-year-old why he was not married.

“He said it was a long story. He said he was serious about marrying Basirat. I asked the girl about the man’s wife and she said he had chased her away. She didn’t say he was her sister’s husband.

“When the secret leaked, the man confessed to me and said he needed to ask for her forgiveness. He later told me he had actually slept in our house the previous day and forgot a phone, a T-shirt, a power bank, and an ATM card. He sent one Friday from Ajah to pick the items.

“Because we wanted to end the immoral relationship between him and the girl, we quickly handed over all the items to Friday, including the girl’s phone. We also destroyed her SIM card. However, the polythene bag in which the boy took away the items tore and two cheques fell. I angrily tore one; Kaosara kept the second cheque,” she added.

Officials of the OPD were said to have reported the case at the Area J Police Command, Elemoro, and the suspect was arrested.

Our correspondent was told that the suspect denied the allegations, including the claim that he visited Ijebu Ode to see Basirat.

A source at the OPD, however, said investigations by the agency revealed that the abortion took place in three different places.

He noted that the teacher who first raped her in 2014 and one of those who conducted the abortions had been arrested.

He said, “The girl was 15 when the teacher defiled her at Ikota. The main perpetrator, Bello, father of four children, took advantage of that and raped her as well. He forced three abortions on her.

“The teacher, who changed school after the act, has been arrested at his new school in Ikota.

“Although the main perpetrator is denying the allegations, the people at Ijebu Ode found a cheque he forgot in the victim’s room and he will have to explain how it got there, among other evidences against him.”

The Director of the OPD, Mrs. Olubukola Salami, described the acts as “heinous”, saying justice would be done.

She said, “We will continue to ensure that perpetrators of such dastardly acts are brought to book, especially in view of the inauguration of the sexual offences court in Lagos State. OPD affirms its stand with the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, that there will be no room for sexual offenders in the state.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspects had been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

A charge sheet obtained by our correspondent showed that the main suspect, Bello; the teacher, Joseph; and the chemist, Amaechi Emmanuel, were arraigned on four counts before Magistrate Patrick Adekomaiya.

While Bello was arraigned on counts of unlawful defilement and procurement of abortion with N15,000, Joseph was arraigned for unlawful defilement.

The third suspect, Emmanuel, was arraigned for carrying out an unlawful abortion.

The police prosecutor, Friday Mameh, who stood in for the resident prosecutor, Peace Chukwudi, said the offences were contrary to sections 137 and 147 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.

Adekomaiya, who was represented by another magistrate, N.A. Layeni, admitted each of the three defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties each in like sum.

Layeni said each of the sureties must present evidence of tax payments and must deposit N10,000 to the Chief Registrar’s account.

The case was adjourned till February 22, 2018.   (Punch)

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A Woman Gets Second Pregnancy While Pregnant |The Republican News

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Add this to your list of fun facts to keep up your sleeve: It’s possible to get pregnant while you’re already pregnant, according to Live Science. Jessica Allen, a 31-year-old living in Perris, California, just learned this firsthand.

She explained to The New York Post that she was pregnant for six weeks while serving as a surrogate for another couple when she learned she had twins. She assumed they were both from the parents she was a surrogate for.

When she gave birth, she didn’t see the kids because they were on the other side of a screen. But after they got back to the couple, the Lius, the mom sent a photo of them and asked Allen, “They are not the same, right?… Have you thought about why they are different?”

After the kids got DNA tests, Allen learned that one of them had the Lius’ genetic material and the other one had hers and her husband’s. The Lius returned this boy, Max, to the surrogacy agency and asked Allen for £14,000-19,000. The agency was offering him to parents who were willing to pay this money. Horrified by this arrangement, Allen took in Max herself instead and got a lawyer to prevent her from having to pay the fee.

What Allen experienced is called superfetation, according to Live Science. It occurs when the processes that normally shut down ovulation during pregnancy aren’t working. This results in babies who are of different ages and could even have different parents, like the children Allen carried.

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This phenomenon is very rare, Dr. Saima Aftab, medical director of the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, told Live Science. Less than a dozen cases of superfetation have been the subjects of papers in medical journals. So, while it’s possible, it’s not common enough to warrant avoiding sex while you’re pregnant just because you don’t want twins.    (Refinery29)

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Too Much Sugar Can Make You Barren, Says Nutritionist |The Republican News

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A nutritionist, Michele Chevalley Hedge, has warned that uncontrolled sugar consumption can lead to a series of complicated health problems that can culminate in infertility among women.

She says one of the diagnoses that women struggling to get pregnant could receive is that they have a Polycystic ovarian syndrome.

She warns that in a lot of cases, affected women struggle to fall pregnant without knowing the cause, and are usually later given an upsetting PCOS diagnosis by their doctors.

She said this condition is present in up to 21 per cent of women diagnosed in her clinic, while about 70 per cent of women with the condition remain undiagnosed in the general population.

“The condition (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) can present a number of symptoms — from reduced fertility or absent ovulation to mood changes, obesity and/or acne.

“And despite it being increasingly common, doctors are still unsure of the exact cause,” she notes.
She adds that while there are some cases with unknown causes, some are thought to be linked to sugar consumption.

“I’ll tell you what’s happening and what we see often in our clinical practices. Women between the ages 27 and maybe 37… and these women can often be slim women.

“They might be slender and they may have been able to get away with eating lots of junk food and hidden sugars.

“They’re not thinking about their hormones; all they’re thinking about is contraception.

“And then, all of a sudden, they start to think about coming off it and thinking about having a baby.”

Michele says that in a lot of cases, these women struggle to fall pregnant and are later given an upsetting PCOS diagnosis from their doctors.

Polycystic ovarian syndrome can, however, be corrected just through the use of food, she says.

“Sugar is a culprit in many disease processes and conditions, we know that. It’s not the natural sugars, it’s the hidden sugars in some so-called healthy foods.”

The nutritionist also reveals that the blood work is done on many women with PCOS also shows abnormal blood glucose which, she also says, can be corrected.

She warns, however, “I’m not saying every woman with PCOS can be cured of food, but what I am saying is people need to be investigating;” adding that she believes at least half of cases could stem from too much sugar and be eased through a diet change.

“Lifestyle changes — such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and introducing regular physical activity into your weekly routine — can have a positive effect on your health in so many ways.

“For women who have PCOS, a healthy lifestyle can lead to an improvement in symptoms, particularly if your new lifestyle helps you to lose weight,” the specialist counsels.    (Punchng.com)

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