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Pregnant Mother's Diet Impacts Infant's Sense of Smell, Alters Brain Development

Health & Wellness  (tags: Pregnant Mother, Diet, Infant, Brain Development, health, research )

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A major new study shows that a pregnant mother's diet not only sensitizes the fetus to those smells and flavors, but physically changes the brain directly impacting what the infant eats and drinks in the future.


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Kaye S (45)
Monday December 6, 2010, 10:30 pm
Noted, thanks.

Paula W (23)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 8:32 am
Noted. Interesting article, but personal observation within my family & friends doesn't entirely back this up. Maybe the mother's diet creates a tendancy but not necessarily an impulse for the child. I know some very finicky kids whose mothers had eaten very healthy diets during their pregnancies. Of course, it's always beneficial for mothers to eat well for their children's sake as well as their own.
Also, rodents of any age are influenced by what their companions and elders eat. I learned this from watching our pet rats, who are often suspicious of new foods until they notice someone else--including me-- eat them.

Amanda K (0)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 11:19 am
thank you!

Marian D (57)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 12:49 pm
I don't believe this is true. I was always a big veggie lover and my children--not so much!

Antonio Mendes (134)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 3:55 pm
It's very interesting. Thank you, Katie!

Antonio Mendes (134)
Tuesday December 7, 2010, 4:01 pm
I'm a little tired and I was commenting some Katie's news too. I'm so sorry, Nancy! I mean:

Thank you, Nancy!


pam w (139)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 9:39 am
OH, GREAT! Another reason to feel guilty....pregnancy-related nausea made my diet very lop-sided. If this were true, my daughter might prefer a lifetime diet of watermelon and cashew nuts!

Charla D (67)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 10:40 am
Interesting. Maybe this explains my lifelong love of grapefruit, which is an unusual fruit for a kid to like.

Glenda J (158)
Wednesday December 8, 2010, 1:31 pm
Pleasant,thanks Nancy
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