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Central to the idea of babyQ is that mothers have a great deal of control over which genes are turned on in their babies during pregnancy.  This concept of gene control is called epigenetics.  At babyQ we want to help pregnant moms turn on their child’s best genes.  Now in a scientific report we see evidence that this really works and may help autism prevention. Autism is spreading like wild fire in America.  While it was barely heard of back in the 70’s and 80’s, it is now estimated that autism or autism spectrum disorders like Asperger’s, affects 1 in 65 children born in the United States.  How did this happen?  Are genes involved?  How could so many mutations happen in 30 years to go from a rare disorder to one so common? In the March 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the San Diego…

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Why The babyQ Pregnancy App Exists

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Earlier this year we had an article published in a medical journal showing that a healthy lifestyle reduces pre-eclampsia, also called toxemia or severe high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy. The two graphs below look very similar and show the link. The top graph is the rate of pre-eclampsia and the bottom graph is the minutes of night time in the previous 3 months. As the days get longer in the summer months, night time is shorter and the rate of toxemia is reduced by almost 40% from midwinter to the end of summer. This analysis was based on more than 39,000 pregnancies conducted in west Michigan by  Mark Gostine, MD, and Gareth Forde, MD PhD. The two graphs imply that sunshine and vitamin D are important for prevention of pre-eclampsia. Also residents of west Michigan, where the study took place, eat greater amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise…

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Mobile Apps: Changing how Expectant Mothers Prevent Birth Defects

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Mobile Apps: Changing how Expectant Mothers Prevent Birth Defects January is Birth Defect Prevention Awareness Month, an important subject for every expectant mother and those that care for them.  The fear of birth defects can be nerve wracking during pregnancy and many mothers-to-be may feel helpless. They needn’t feel this way. There are many things pregnant women can do to help prevent problems during and after pregnancy. In fact, many are getting help managing potential birth defects from their mobile devices. Programs such as babyQ are leading the way. Through its website and mobile app, babyQ is providing constant guidance that helps women make healthier choices throughout their pregnancies. babyQ was developed, by a team of doctors, as a tool for expectant mothers. The program utilizes the doctors’ comprehensive LENS system and serves as the guide to help prevent birth defects. Lifestyle: It is vital that…

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Molly Mesnick Discovers babyQ Mobile Pregnancy App

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Molly Mesnick Discovers babyQ Mobile Pregnancy App Molly Mesnick, is expecting her first baby with husband, Jason, this March. The two met on The Bachelor Season 13. The soon-to-be new mom discovered babyQ, a mobile pregnancy app designed to help mothers build better babies. On Tuesday, January 29 Molly tweeted: “Mommies, have any of you ever used the @babyQapp app? I just discovered it & love it! Wish I knew about this before!!!” Even though baby Mesnick is due in March, it’s never too late for mothers to start using babyQ. babyQ and its LENS system was designed to help expectant mothers at every stage of their pregnancy. The four aspects of LENS are aimed at helping moms make better choices in lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and stress management. Molly again tweeted on Thursday: “Preggo ladies, just learned frm @babyQapp by eating more food w/ folate I can increase baby’s…

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BabyQ to support Gerber Foundation with free, new user signups

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BabyQ to support Gerber Foundation with free, new user signups      To celebrate the holiday season, babyQ is helping to enhance the lives of children by raising money for The Gerber Foundation. babyQ will give the foundation $1, up to $5,000, for every new, expectant mother who signs up to use the babyQ program during her pregnancy in the month of December. Using babyQ is like having a personal pregnancy coach; it helps mothers-to-be make the best choices for their baby during the earliest stages of gestation. Developed by Mark Gostine MD and Gareth Forde MD, PhD, expectant moms can register for free on the babyQ website or download the free mobile app. There they’ll take a short babyQ survey and are given a babyQ score—0 to 100—based on the doctors’ own algorithm.  Users then receive personalized health coaching messages, through push notifications or email, based on their babyQ score. Unlike…

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BabyQ doctor advises expectant mothers: stock up on Vitamin D

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For Immediate Release   BabyQ doctor advises expectant mothers: stock up on Vitamin D   In the September 2012 issue of Pediatrics, the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, investigators reported a simple way to accelerate brain development of children in the womb. The researchers measured the amount of vitamin D in the blood of pregnant mothers, and fourteen months later, tested their children by trained psychologists to see if there was any difference in their motor skills. The results were impressive. They found that children born to mothers with the highest levels of vitamin D had advanced motor development and were able to walk and grasp objects better than children born to mothers with low levels.    Mark Gostine MD, the developer of babyQ, a website and mobile app for expectant mothers, commented on the study: “Most women will need an additional 1500 units to 2000 units a…

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New iPhone App Personally Coaches Moms-to-Be

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For Immediate Release   New iPhone App Personally Coaches Moms-to-Be   Grand Rapids, Michigan; September 17, 2012. Two Michigan doctors have launched babyQ, a website and mobile app for pregnant women.  The Q is for quotient and the babyQ program aims to improve maternal-fetal health during the earliest stages of gestation. Women sign up, take a short babyQ survey, and are given a babyQ score—0 to 100—based on the doctors’ own algorithm.  Users then receive personalized health coaching messages, through push notifications or email, based on their babyQ score. Unlike other mobile apps aimed at expectant mothers, the goal of babyQ is to boost the woman’s score while adapting to the changing needs of the baby. Mark Gostine MD and Gareth Forde MD, PhD developed babyQ out of their epigenetics research— the science of how genes turn on and off. Both doctors emphasize the power a pregnant woman has to…

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