Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Healthy Mothers Make Healthy Babies

Starting the Good Life in the Womb

Pregnant women who eat right, watch their weight and stay active can actually improve their unborn babies' chances of growing into healthy

Most pregnant women know they can hurt their babies by smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs that can cause birth defects. But they also may be able to program" the baby in the womb to be a healthier adult. New research suggests that mothers-to-be can reduce the risk that their babies will develop obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes by monitoring their own diet, exercise and weight.

The science behind this is relatively new and still somewhat controversial. In the late 1980s, a British physician and epidemiologist named David Barker noticed that a group of Englishmen who were born small had a higher incidence of heart disease. Studies showed that rates of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes—illnesses that often are associated with heart disease—are higher in men born small. Barker proposed that poor nutrition in the womb may have "programmed" the men to develop illness 50 years or more later...

I think this article is rather sad as they state it as if the idea isn't common sense. How is the science behind this "new"? If you, as a pregnant mother, stay healthy and your baby takes his nutrition from you, wouldn't it make sense that a healthy pregnancy will produce healthy little people? This isn't new's what I learned in our Bradley class.

Just a thought...

(Thanks, honey, for sending me "blog-worthy" material now that I have no time to look for articles!)

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