What You Eat During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby’s Tastes
Want baby to love fruits and veggies? Make sure you’re eating them during your pregnancy. According to ABCNews.com, new research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center found that what women eat during their pregnancies may have an effect on their babies’ future food preferences. That’s because (prepare for some gross details) the amniotic fluid that surrounds baby holds the flavors of what a mom-to-be eats. So once baby’s “on the outside,” he may remember the flavor of that garlic or broccoli you ate while he was still in the womb and have a stronger preference for it than a baby who wasn’t exposed to it. Researchers say the key is to expose baby to a healthy and diverse diet -- before and after birth -- so he’ll be more likely to try and enjoy a variety of foods when he’s older. Of course, they say you can’t totally guarantee baby will become a veggie fiend just because you ate them while you were pregnant. If only it were that simple.
What did you eat while you were pregnant? Do you think it influenced (or will influence) what he likes to eat as a bigger kid?
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