Study Show What Women Eat Prior to Pregnancy Important

POSTED: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 8:18am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

What women eat before becoming pregnant may play a role in their child's health.

A study in sheep and rodents found mothers who did not have sufficient levels of vitamin B-12 and Folic acid had offspring who were heavier, had an increased risk for high blood pressure and insulin resistance later in life.

A study in mice found mothers who had low protein levels in the earliest days of pregnancy were more likely to have babies with abnormal growth and cardiovascular disease.

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