DON’T EAT THAT DOUGH­NUT

Your Pregnancy - - Pregnancy Files -

If you had morn­ing sick­ness in your first trimester, it may feel like a bless­ing to want to eat all your favourite things again dur­ing your sec­ond trimester. But what if your crav­ings in­clude nu­tri­ent-empty chips and burg­ers, ice cream and choco­late? USA neu­ro­sci­en­tist and nu­tri­tion ex­pert Dr Ni­cole Avena, au­thor of What to Eat When You’re Preg­nant (Ten Speed Press, 2015), says that re­search (al­beit mostly in rats) has found that not only can an in-utero diet high in fat or sugar lead to the child grow­ing up obese, but ma­ter­nal diet “can have a long-last­ing im­pact on the child’s risk of de­vel­op­ing men­tal health dis­or­ders, im­paired so­cial be­hav­iours, lower cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties and in­creased re­sponse to stress”.

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