Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy has longstanding consequences for the health of her offspring

Wood-Bradley, Ryan James, Henry, Sarah Louise, Vrselja, Amanda, Newman, Victoria and Armitage, James Andrew 2013, Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy has longstanding consequences for the health of her offspring, Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology, vol. 91, no. 6, pp. 412-420, doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2012-0352.

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Title Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy has longstanding consequences for the health of her offspring
Author(s) Wood-Bradley, Ryan James
Henry, Sarah Louise
Vrselja, Amanda
Newman, Victoria
Armitage, James AndrewORCID iD for Armitage, James Andrew
Journal name Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology
Volume number 91
Issue number 6
Start page 412
End page 420
Total pages 9
Publisher N R C Research Press
Place of publication Ottawa, Canada
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 0008-4212
Keyword(s) cardiovascular disease
developmental programming adult health and disease
kidney development
maternal diet in pregnancy
micronutrient intake
Summary Over the past 100 years, advances in pharmaceutical and medical technology have reduced the burden of communicable disease, and our appreciation of the mechanisms underlying the development of noncommunicable disease has broadened. During this time, a number of studies, both in humans and animal models, have highlighted the importance of maintaining an optimal diet during pregnancy. In particular, a number of studies support the hypothesis that suboptimal maternal protein and fat intake during pregnancy can have long-term effects on the growing fetus, and increase the likelihood of these offspring developing cardiovascular, renal, or metabolic diseases in adulthood. More recently, it has been shown that dietary intake of a number of micronutrients may offset or reverse the deleterious effects of macronutrient imbalance. Furthermore, maternal fat intake has also been identified as a major contributor to a healthy fetal environment, with a beneficial role for unsaturated fats during development as well as a beneficial impact on cell membrane physiology. Together these studies indicate that attempts to optimise maternal nutrition may prove to be an efficient and cost-effective strategy for preventing the development of cardiovascular, renal, or metabolic diseases.

Language eng
DOI 10.1139/cjpp-2012-0352
Field of Research 111401 Foetal Development and Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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