But researchers have found that mothers who eat junk food while pregnant are more likely to have children with mental health problems. Researchers from Deakin University in Australia, alongside researchers from Norway, analyzed more than 23,000 mothers who were a part of the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, gathered information regarding the mothers’ diets throughout pregnancy and their children’s diets at both 18 months and 3 years of age. The mothers were also asked to complete questionnaires when their children were 18 months, 3-years and 5-years-old to establish symptoms of: Conduct disorder ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). The researchers then analyzed the relationship between the mothers’ and children’s diets, and the mental health symptoms and behaviors in the children aged 18 months to five-years-old.
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Coffee, wine and sushi during pregnancy? Go ahead, says new book
She’s an economist and a mom who wanted to know more about all those rules handed down to women after the pregnancy stick goes pink. Only two cups of coffee a day! No alcohol. Beware deli meats. Being pregnant, she said, felt a lot like being a child, so she decided to take a deep dive into research covering everything from wine and weight gain to prenatal testing and epidurals.
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