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  • Natasha Brice

Can my diet when pregnant affect my unborn child?

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

Children inherit their microbiome from their mother.

A mother's diet may shape her child's flavour preferences even before birth, potentially skewing their palette towards anything from vegetables to sugary sweets in ways that could influence subsequent propensity for obesity and/or unhealthy dieting.

Recent evidence suggests that the microbiome may also be seeded into the unborn foetus while still in the womb. When the mother's diet causes a harmful imbalance of her bacteria, she passes this imbalance on to her child and thus fails to present the ideal commensals for a proper immune education during her child's most critical developmental window. This developmental dysbiosis leaves the offspring's immune system poorly trained to fight off infections and encourages autoimmune and allergic diseases.


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