A Mediterranean diet in pregnancy is associated with lower risk of accelerated growth

The Mediterranean diet is characterised by a high content of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes and nuts. This healthy diet pattern has been associated with lower obesity and cardiometabolic risk in adults, but few studies have focused on children. Continue reading “A Mediterranean diet in pregnancy is associated with lower risk of accelerated growth”

Delayed pregnancy: Heart health risks for moms and sons, study shows

Delaying pregnancy may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in both women and their children, with boys at higher risk of disease, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada will present their findings today at the American Physiological Society’s (APS) Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Sex-Specific Implications for Physiology conference in Knoxville, Tenn. Continue reading “Delayed pregnancy: Heart health risks for moms and sons, study shows”

Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies’ brain development

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child’s eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study led by Kirsi Laitinen of the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland, in the Springer Nature-branded journal Pediatric Research. The research supports previous findings that show how important a prospective mother’s diet and lifestyle choices are for the development of her baby. Continue reading “Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies’ brain development”

Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened versions during pregnancy also appeared to have negative effects. However, children’s fruit consumption had beneficial effects and was associated with higher cognitive scores. Continue reading “Pregnant moms and their offspring should limit added sugars in their diets to protect childhood cognition”

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