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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.


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

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