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You are What you Eat......and so is your baby.

Did you know that as a Mommy-to-be, your eating habits don’t only affect your health, but can actually alter your baby’s taste buds?

Love Coke? At just 21-weeks researchers have found that your baby can literally taste your favorite beverages. “Still in the womb, the growing baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid daily. That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours”.

To determine if flavors are passed from the mother to the the baby via the amniotic fluid, researchers gave women garlic capsules or sugar capsules before taking a routine sample of their amniotic fluid — and then asked a panel of people to smell the samples. As disgusting as this sounds, participants could easiiiiillly pick out the samples easily from the women who ate garlic.

To further test her theory, Researcher Julie Mennella carried out another study with Pregnant women and asked them to drink carrot juice every day during their pregnancy, or to avoid it completely. Her results found that the babies who had experienced carrot in amniotic fluid, ate more of the carrot-flavored cereal.

Although preliminary, studies like this confirm that what a woman eats during pregnancy not only nourishes her baby in the womb, but may shape food preferences later in life. Don’t wait until it’s too late, Book with me now and let’s Optimize your Health AND your fertility so that you and your future baby, can T H R I V E.

Author
Dr. Raquel Hammonds

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