Lifestyle in Pregnancy Affects Baby
The lifestyle during pregnancy may have an impact on the child’s genes according to a new study done by the Lund University of Sweden. The study was done among 425 pregnant women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30. They were divided into three groups with Group 1 which underwent lifestyle intervention with physical activity and Mediterranean diet and Group 2 with physical activity and Group 3, the control group with life as usual. The umbilical cord of babies from mothers in the first two groups showed epigenetic DNA changes suggesting a potentially beneficial programming effect from a healthy lifestyle on the children’s health according to Charlotte Ling and Kristina Renault who did the study.