Physical characteristics like mom’s poor nutrition and/or low birth weight, a marker of adverse intrauterine milieu and health is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis in the child later on.
Ketogenic diet is reputed to be “neuroprotective” against brain dysfunction and is popular for use against epilepsy. At the same time, it is being touted for a variety of nervous system disorders like brain trauma, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s and even cancer.
Probiotic use during pregnancy and early breast-feeding period is safe and effective in reducing the risk of skin eczema rash or atopic dermatitis in early childhood.
Authors speculated that maternal use of probiotics modulates immune structure/function via the fetus-placental unit during pregnancy. Maternal use of probiotics does impact on gene expression in the placenta as well as the gastrointestinal system of growing fetus.
Microbial transfer and contact of the mother with the growing baby in uterus as well as during delivery and breastfeeding cannot be ignored. In fact early exposures have affect the long term bacterial finger-print of the individual also termed as microbiological programming.
While not much difference in essential nutrients, organic foods have lower levels of pesticides, fewer highly antibiotic resistant food borne disease causing bacteria and much more cancer fighting phenols than conventional foods.
As the public becomes more aware of the benefits of breast milk for their kids, the popularity of milk banks is rising since many women cannot breast-feed the baby for health reasons. This news item is a testimonial to how beliefs are changing.