Zealth — Alcohol consumption during Pregnancy

Consumption of Alcohol/Tobacco products/Caffeine/Illicit drugs and its Effect on Fetal Growth and Development

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Consumption of Alcohol/Tobacco products/Caffeine/Illicit drugs and its Effect on Fetal Growth and Development

By Akshata Kamath  It is believed from times immemorial that use of substances like alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, illicit drugs during pregnancy is detrimental to both the mother and the foetus. The prevalence of consumption of these substances has drastically come down in the past few decades with all the awareness that has been created around. A lot of studies are done to understand the cause and the effect relationship with maternal substance use and foetal outcome. Smoking- The most accordant observation seen with respect to use of tobacco during pregnancy is reduction in the birth weight of the infants followed...

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Epigenetics and Nutrition

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Epigenetics and Nutrition

Epigenetics in simple words is what we inherit from our parents, grandparents etc. It explains how the experiences of the previous generations can affect who we are.   How does this have any relation to pregnancy and Nutrition during pregnancy? The intergenerational effect talks about how what a mother eats or does during pregnancy, can affect even future generations. So a child’s health depends on not only potentially what the mother ate, but possible even what the grandmother ate. Nutritional epigenetics has been viewed as an attractive tool to prevent pediatric developmental diseases and cancer as well as to delay...

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