July 26, 1999

Pregnant Woman's Womb Conditions Determine how Healthily Children Will Be As Adults

New research in an area of science called "fetal programming", summarized in a book by Cornell University professor Nathanielsz, is showing that the conditions and stresses that a child experiences in the womb can create long term health benefits or long term problems for the child. The new science of Fetal Programming shows that: 1.) During development, there are critical periods of vulnerability to "suboptimal" conditions in the womb. Vulnerable periods occur at different times for different tissues. Cells dividing rapidly are at greatest risk. 2.) Programming has permanent effects that alter responses in later life and can modify susceptibility Read More...
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