Friday, September 21, 2007

Go Pregnant Canadian Women in their 30s!

Canada's fertility rate is up and thanks mostly to women in their 30s! Canada has a low procreation rate, but Statistics Canada released numbers stating that Canada recorded its highest number of births AND its highest total fertility rate in 7 years in 2005. Unfortunately Canada's total fertility rate is still far below the replacement level fertility, which is 2.1 children per woman. From Statistics Canada:

Canada's total fertility rate in 2005 was 1.54 children per woman, an increase from 1.53 in the previous year and the highest rate since 1998. This is still well below what is known as the replacement level fertility (2.1 children per woman).

In total, 342,176 babies were born in 2005, up 1.5% from the previous year. This growth rate was more than double the 0.6% increase in 2004.

In 2005, the number of births was the highest since 1998, when 342,418 babies were born in Canada. The number of births dropped to a 55-year low in 2000. Since then, the number of births has gone up every year except 2002.

As of 2001, most babies were born to parents belonging to the echo generation (the children of baby boomers), who were already in their prime childbearing years.

Maybe the women are hearing their biological clocks ticking louder! In any case, Congrats to all the women and Canada! source

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Should Pregnant Women Eat Peanuts?

Yes! According to the House of Lords committee in the UK. A group of British mothers who avoided eating peanuts throughout their pregnancy and feeding it to their children are now seeing the consequences. According to the House of Lords, these mothers are facing an allergy epidemic. The committee is trying to tell the government to change its advice to pregnant women and mothers who have a history of asthma, eczema, or hayfever, which currenlty says, 'avoid eating peanuts and peanut products when you're pregnant and breastfeeding'.

The science and technology committee's allergy report found that nut allergies were extremely low in countries where children are weaned on peanuts.

'It is quite striking that the increase in peanut allergies is rather in step with the increasing Government advice not to expose tiny children to them,' said Lord May of Oxford. 'In Israel, where peanuts are quite commonly found in baby food, there has been no increase in peanut allergies.

So, there you have it! Eat peanuts and possibly avoid allergies. The House of Lords committee (I like saying that) is due to be published next week. Click here to continue reading...