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Mothers Diet During Pregnancy Affects Childs Behavior

by Medindia Content Team on April 12, 2006 at 2:37 PM
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Mothers Diet During Pregnancy Affects Childs Behavior

According to a recent study, it has been found that intake of foods during pregnancy plays a vital role shaping the child's behavior. Scientists have found that the intake of diet and behavior of child are interrelated, and for mothers whose young children are misbehaving may have eaten less nutritious food at the time of pregnancy.

Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb, a postdoctoral fellow at Penn State, led the study, which found that children born to iron-deficient teenage mothers were less active at age three than children whose mothers were not iron deficient, according to foodconsumer.org.

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"While many previous studies have shown that maternal nutrition affects the physical health and development of the child, this study adds to the growing evidence that a mother's nutritional status in pregnancy also affects the behavior and personality of the child as well," Dr. Murray-Kolb said.

The study examined sixty teenage mothers, ages 14 through 19, from a mid-size Pennsylvania town. The mothers came from low to mid-level socio-economic backgrounds and had sought prenatal care.

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