Obesity in pregnancy can affect the brain development of the newborn

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Obesity in pregnancy can affect the brain development of the newborn
Obesity in pregnancy can affect the brain development of the newborn

  • New York: If women gain weight during pregnancy, it can affect the mental and psychological development of their unborn child.
  • According to experts, this change can occur between the second trimester of pregnancy, ie 3 to 6 months, and the role of maternal obesity is very important in this regard. In this regard, experts have revealed the link between body mass index (BMI) in women and brain development in children.
  • Experts say that if a woman gains weight during pregnancy, it affects two important areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex and the anterior annulus. These parts of the brain play a very important role and help in decision making and behavior. According to doctors, affecting both areas can lead to conditions such as hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and overeating.

  • In the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, New York University researchers reported a study of 197 groups of children's nerves growing in the mother's womb. On this basis, the groups were further subdivided into 16 meaningful subgroups, and it was finally discovered that there were two sites in the child's brain that belonged to the mother's BMI.
  • In this regard, Dr. Maurya E. Thomason said that our research shows that the mother's increasing weight can affect the child's brain development. One proof of this is that American mothers are gaining weight rapidly and there is an increase in the birth of mentally ill children.
  • Experts looked at about 109 women with a BMI of 25 to 47, and of those women above 25 BMI can be said to be obese. All of these women were between six and nine months pregnant.
  • Now MRIs of children have been taken in the womb and neurological disturbances have been observed in two places in the brains of children of obese women which can lead to many diseases in the future.


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