Maternal health: Is your child’s heart clock ticking right?

New Delhi: Every woman deserves quality maternal care, yet, many women across the world, especially the most vulnerable ones, are still facing challenges in getting this basic care. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day – 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries. Women die as a result of complications during and after pregnancy and childbirth. However, most of these complications are preventable or treatable. A good prenatal care can help save lives as well as promote a healthy birth. Getting proper prenatal care will help you take care of your health and the growing baby throughout the pregnancy.

A new study, published in the Journal of Physiology, suggests that a getting good maternal care significantly reduces abnormalities in the circadian system and results in a lower likelihood of development of heart disease, reports news agency ANI. The study conducted by Institute of Physiology revealed that the body has an internal clock that regulates sleepiness over a 24 hour period, called circadian rhythm. The circadian system, or the body clock, keeps us in sync with the 24-hour day. One of the main functions of the body clock is to regulate when you feel alert and when you’re ready to sleep. Disturbances in these mechanisms can lead to poor health, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders, mental disorders, etc.

“These results point to a real possibility to reduce abnormalities in the offspring’s body clock and therefore limit the progression of disease in order to improve health. Our future research will be directed at understanding in more detail how an aberrant circadian system contributes to the progression of the disease. We believe that this research is worth future explorations as it may provide novel therapies for serious lifestyle-related diseases in humans,” corresponding author Alena Sumova said.

The bottom line is a mother’s health holds the key to the well-being of the child and proper management can help prevent serious lifestyle-related diseases, such as heart disease and obesity

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