According to a recent study, all babies aren’t born equal. In fact, new research suggests that if a child is born from an obese mother, it’s likely to have a low cognitive function compared to a child from mother with an average weight.
The study was performed by looking at 3,412 participants and testing their math and reading test scores. Researchers found a three-point drop in reading scores and a two-point reduction in math scores.
One of the researchers, Pamela Salsberry, explained the research to Medical Express:
“This is a large population study, so at the individual level we can’t say that one person’s decision to change her weight will change her child’s outcome,” she said. “But these findings suggest that children born to women who are obese before pregnancy might need extra support.”
“It’s not only for their child’s sake. It’s also important for the health of the mother. But it is important to understand that maternal obesity during pregnancy could have implications for their children as well.”
It’s unclear how a mother’s weight affects cognitive function, but this research doesn’t lie. Previous research showed that a woman’s obesity can also have a negative effect on fetal organs, such as the heart, live and pancreas as well.
via Medical Express