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Being overweight during pregnancy could affect the baby’s brain development from the second trimester

Several studies have found that obesity or being overweight can negatively affect pregnancy, the health of babies and mothers, and complications that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

A new study provides one more reason for us to give birth to a baby to pay attention to our weight, because female obesity limits babies’ brain development from the second trimester.

Members of the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, published this week in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the study analyzed the relationship or influence between maternal body mass index (BMI) and maternal body mass index . Baby brain development.

In order to study and analyze this phenomenon, 197 groups of metabolically active nerve cells in the infant’s brain were examined. Through various calculations and subgroup divisions based on more than 19,000 connections that may exist between neuronal groups, the researchers found that two areas of the brain are closely related to the mother’s BMI.

According to their results, high BMI is related to changes in two areas of the brain: the prefrontal cortex and the frontal pancreatic islets. Both regions play a very important role in decision-making and behavior.

Previously, the interruption of the development of these two brain regions was related to certain diseases, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism, and also related to overeating.

The researchers commented that this finding confirms the theory about the effect of maternal obesity on infant brain development, which may explain why other studies have found that cognitive and metabolic health problems are more frequent in children born to mothers with a high body mass index

Science once again explained to us why we want to conceive. It is important to try to do it in the best way possible by maintaining a healthy weight and good habits before and during pregnancy, because the mother’s health does not only depend on it, AND it depends on the mother’s health. Also drinks.