Mom's pregnancy diet affects child's weight: study

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Despite an aversion to a lot of good-for-me vegetables, (kale, turnips, beets, brussel sprouts et. al) I'm normally a pretty healthy eater.  I watch my fats, eat lots of fruits and salad, and eat fried food very rarely.

All that went out the window when I was pregnant.  Suddenly I started wanting bucketfuls of ice cream and peanut butter, banana and brown sugar sandwiches by the truckload.  I let my body do what it wanted to do, within reason.   Also perhaps a little outside of reason.  And now I am feeling guilty for it, because there's a new study that says that what a Mom-to-be eats during pregnancy can affect her child's tendencies to obesity in later life.

This article points out that the study has only actually been done on pregnant rats: some were given lard, others were not.  The rats who were fed high-fat diets had babies with higher fat stores one year later. 

Researchers believe that a fat-rich diet during pregnancy is more likely to produce offspring who have increased fat stores because of enlarged fat cells - in both rats and humans.

I'm not convinced.  I still believe genetics will play a bigger role in my son's body shape.  At least I hope so, because I don't want him to be adversely affected by all that cheesecake ice cream I enjoyed while pregnant.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.