Pregnancy and COVID-19

In this last month we are hearing a lot about COVID-19 and how it causes a severe respiratory syndrome (that is why the virus’ name is SARS-COV-2). However, very little is said about what happen to pregnant women who are affected with the virus. Since I have a couple of friends who are pregnant andContinue reading “Pregnancy and COVID-19”

Brain development in children

The majority of human brain’s structure is shaped in the first 3 years of life. In details, when a child is born, his/her brain size and architecture is only 25% of the adult size. At age 1 is about 70%, and at age 3 is around 85%. The first 1000 days are, thus, quite importantContinue reading “Brain development in children”

Hormones and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a period of time regulated in an extreme strict way by several hormones. I will talk about the 5+1 most important hormones typical of pregnancy. 1 – Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) It is produced by the placenta after implantation. It is the hormone detected by pregnancy tests. It seems to be the causeContinue reading “Hormones and pregnancy”