During pregnancy, there are numerous factors to be concerned about, ranging from diet to exercise. Depending on your lifestyle, fetal development can be impacted in an unexpected way. Researchers are continuing to discover issues that could affect the development of children in the womb, and the latest condition that's been identified is obstetric cholestasis. This complication, which develops as a result of bile acids building up in the bloodstream, may render kids predisposed to obesity, according to Imperial College London.
Obstetric cholestasis affects up to one in 15 pregnant women. This is the first study to look at how the condition might have an impact on the weight of children later down the line, and it continues to open doors for research into obesity. The medical community keeps looking for how genetics can play a role in the development of this disease.
"This is the first evidence that cholestasis during pregnancy can have long-term effects on the health of the baby as it grows into adulthood," Georgia Papacleovoulou, M.D., study author, told the news source.
The study is just one of many that examines the factors that can play a role in the development of overweight children. Earlier this year, research published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that babies born through the means of cesarean section were heavier than those who were delivered through natural birth. Experts also linked babies born through C-section to obesity later in life, according to Medical News Daily. However, research still needs to be conducted to determine if this was purely a result of the sample examined or more than coincidence.
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