Eating for two could harm your baby

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  • New studies reveal that pregnant women who consume a high calorie diet could be affecting the gender and health of their baby

    Pregnant women are often advised to eat for two, but new studies have revealed that a high calorie diet could in fact be affecting the gender and, most importantly, the health of their baby.

    Researchers have found that pregnant mice, whose diets were high in fat or carbohydrates, had an effect on 2,0000 genes in developing babies, with some affecting kidney function and smell.

    The most significant variations were discovered in those of female foetuses, which may suggest that girls may be more sensitive to genetic alterations caused by their mother’s diet.

    Reports however suggest that risks of both sons or daughters becoming obese or developing diabetes in later life could be heightened by what their mothers eat and their general body condition while expecting.

    These findings follow on from previous research that suggests a woman’s diet around the time of conception may influence the gender of the offspring.  A high-calorie diet may increase the probability of giving birth to a boy, while those women with lower calorie intake were more likely to produce a girl.

    There has reportedly been a steady decline in the proportion of boys being born in industrialised countries, due to women consuming lower fat foods and also skipping breakfast.

    However researchers are concerned that there could be several confounding factors that determine the sex or health of your baby including, Times Online reports, that mothers who are overweight or obese being at a greater risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.



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