Mother's Obesity Harms Fetal Brain
Obesity of mother during pregnancy can have an adverse impact on the fetal brain development according to researchers at NYU School of Medicine. An investigation was done among 109 women with Body Mass Index (BMIs) ranging from 25 to 47 and six to nine months pregnant. The researchers used MRI imaging to measure fetal brain activity and map patterns of communication between large numbers of brain cells clustered together in different regions of the brain. Then, they compared the study participants to identify differences in how groups of neurons communicate with each other based on BMI.