Are you watching what you eat while pregnant? Watching your diet while pregnant just may help your child’s risk of obesity many years later.
According to an international study, led by University of Southampton researchers, a mother’s diet can alter the function of her child’s DNA. A process called epigenetic change can lead to a child’s tendecny to lay down more fat. Importantly, the study shows that this effect acts independently of how fat or thin the mother is, and of the child’s weight at birth.
Professor Mark Hanson, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study provides compelling evidence that epigenetic changes, at least in part, explain the link between a poor start to life and later disease risk. It strengthens the case for all women of reproductive age having greater access to nutritional, education and lifestyle support to improve the health of the next generation, and to reduce the risk of the conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, which often follow obesity.” (source: independent.co.uk image source: women-health-info.com)
Do You Watch Your Pregnancy Diet?