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Mother’s Health Before Conception Linked to Fetal Development

Friday, 22 January 2010 12:00

Parents-to-be have many things to consider about diet and health over the course of a pregnancy, but science has shown a strong link between early fetal development and maternal lifestyle during the very first days after conception. Essentially, a mother’s lifestyle (her food and exercise habits) plays a vital role in the activation of genes during the first few weeks of fetal development. Babies that developed in a high-fat diet environment in the early weeks of pregnancy were found to have higher likelihood of obesity, insulin-resistance and cardiovascular disease. The key is to maintain adequate dietary and lifestyle control for about three months prior to conception.

abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/story?id=8146003&page=1


Pathways Issue 24 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.

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