Finnish scientists believe that babies of pregnant women and patients with gestational diabetes may worst language skills compared to those born to healthy mothers.
The study, conducted by the University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland, focused on the analysis of Gestational behavior and neurodevelopment of two-year-olds.
so that experts can demonstrate how the mother’s health and lifestyle during pregnancy affect minors, Examined the development of children’s cognitive, language and motor skills.
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How was the study realized?
To get conclusive data, the scientists measured fat cell accumulation and gestational diabetes with an oral glucose tolerance test. Additionally, food quality and intake were analyzed during the diet.
Among the positive results, it was shown that a diet with higher fish intake and better dietary quality of the mother was associated better language development of the child,
“A healthy and comprehensive diet during pregnancy may be particularly beneficial for the neurodevelopment of children whose mothers belong to the risk group for gestational diabetes due to being overweight or obese,” the experts said.
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On the other hand, the study noted that two-year-old children whose mothers had or had developed gestational diabetes worst speaking skills,
“Our research results show that 2-year-old children whose mothers were diagnosed with gestational diabetes worst language skills compared to children whose mothers were not diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Finally, they noted that a higher percentage of the mother’s body fat during pregnancy was associated with weaker motor, cognitive and language skills.