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Previous studies have shown the effects of feeding DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid, to infants, suggesting that the supplements can influence their cognitive and intellectual development. University of Kansas researchers are now conducting a 10-year, double-blind randomized controlled trial to see if supplementation in pregnant mothers can benefit their children’s intelligence and school readiness, based on the knowledge that DHA accumulates most rapidly in the fetal brain during pregnancy. The results from the first five years of the study were recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Susan Carlson and John Colombo, University of Kansas professors, […]

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A preliminary study shows that a woman’s intake of probiotics during pregnancy may reduce her child’s risk of developing atopic eczema and allergies. Researcher Randi Bertelsen, PhD, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo reports that when Norwegian mothers ate lactobacilli-enhanced dairy products while pregnant, their children were less prone to nasal allergies and eczema during early childhood. The study used data from a large, ongoing observational study, the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, which enrolled about 108,000 pregnant women and their children from 1999 to 2008. About 41,000 mother-child pairs were included in the current analysis, […]

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Proper Diet and Exercise for Obese Pregnant Women

Researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy report that regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle that begins during the first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women, which can help avoid complications like hypertension, preterm delivery, and gestational diabetes. Dr. Fabio Facchinetti, author of the study, states that according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States, women of normal body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) could gain 11-16 kilograms during pregnancy. However, obese women (with BMI > 25) should not gain more than 5-9 […]

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Maternal Fat Intake Influences Body Fat of Babies

Southampton researchers report that children who were born to mothers with higher levels of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) during pregnancy had greater fat mass. They also found that the association between n-3 PUFAs, also known as omega-3 fatty acids, and body fat in children was weaker compared to that with n-6 PUFAs, which is commonly found in cooking oils. The study was done by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, which evaluated the fat and muscle mass of almost 300 boys and girls aged four and six years. The children and their mothers were […]

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Vitamin C Deficiency in Pregnancy and the Fetal Brain

Studies show that 10-20% of all adults in developed countries have a vitamin C deficiency. Vulnerable people include those of lower socioeconomic staus with poor nutrition and people who smoke. Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt and researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that such nutritional deficit in pregnant women could affect the brain development of their babies as well. Lykkesfeldt states that even minor deficiencies in vitamin C in mothers can negatively impact the fetal brain, specifically the memory center, by preventing optimal brain development. The conclusion comes from their experiment on pregnant guinea pigs and their pups, which like humans, […]

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