You've heard the old phrase "you are what you eat." Well, once you get pregnant, that goes double for your child. And not just in utero. Studies show a mother's diet during pregnancy may affect a child for the rest of their life, according to Dr. Seema Venkatachalam, MD. The physician at Northwestern Specialists for Women and clinical instructor at the Northwestern University School of Medicine says that a high-fat diet, for example, may lead to an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and obesity later on in her child's life.
Venkatachalam recommends that women talk to their physicians about nutrition before or soon after they become pregnant. "The nutritional status once you are pregnant is really important because it not only may change the health of the mother, but it also does have a determination on how well the fetus grows inside," she says.
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