Posted on April 14th, 2009 by Bonnie Petrie
New research has surfaced that you are what your mother ate back when she was pregnant with you, suggesting that diet is a vital part of a healthy pregnancy and life for your little one.
In this research report, scientists from the University of Utah show that rat fetuses receiving poor nutrition in the womb become genetically primed to be born into an environment lacking proper nutrition. They were also at higher risk for a host of health problems throughout their lives, such as diabetes, growth retardation, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and neurodevelopmental delays, among others.
Yes, the study was done on rats but the genes and cellular mechanisms involved are the same as those in humans.
According to Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, “The jury’s in and, yes, expectant moms really are eating for two. This study shows not only that we need to address problems such as preeclampsia during pregnancy, but also that prenatal care is far more important than anyone could have imagined a decade ago.”
So, take these 9 (10) months seriously and eat well! It will pay off in spades for your baby and yourself.
- Dr. Michael Broder wrote the book The Panic Free Pregnancy. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
- Dr. Laurie Moyer-Mileur is a nutritionist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. She is also the Director of the Center for Pediatric Nutrition Research
- Cynthea Denise is a Prenatal Yoga Instructor and a Registered Nurse in Oakland, California