Arielle, from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, asks The Doctors if babies born in the spring are at higher risk of certain illnesses, and what the best time of year is to have a baby.
Some studies show there may be a link between babies born in spring and autism, Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol abuse and diabetes. It is suggested that since the mother of a spring baby is pregnant during the winter, she can contract the flu virus and have less exposure to the sun, reducing the amount of vitamin D she absorbs.
“All of these things can happen all throughout the year,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “But there’s a subtle increase during the spring.”
Dr. Lisa says experts are looking into whether pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements or be screened for a deficiency. Currently, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not recommend universal vitamin D level screening in pregnant women. Women who may be at risk for a deficiency include vegetarians, women with darker skin and women who don’t spend much time outside or live in areas that lack sunlight.
To safely increase your vitamin D levels, eat foods high in the vitamin, such as salmon, eggs and cod liver oil.
• Dr. Sears’ recipe for boosting your vitamin D levels.
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Allergist Dr. Rita Kachru joins The Doctors to explain how allergies affect the body and answer your allergy questions.
As the snow melts and the spring sun starts shining bright, many people will jump back into outdoor activities like golf, tennis and gardening, which involve repetitive motions of the wrist. After a long hiatus from the activities, however, the repetitive motions can lead to injury. “The key in spring is to start slow,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Make sure you’re warming up and building up some endurance.”
Melissa has been suffering with wrist pain since last spring, and is ready to get rid of it once and for all. She visits orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Knight to undergo a minimally invasive procedure to help eliminate the pain.
Melissa and Dr. Knight join The Doctors to explain how the procedure is performed and reveal Melissa’s results.
• Dr. Knight shares tips to prevent wrist injuries.