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Foetal brain problems caused by flu can be prevented by to-be-mothers: Study


According to a recent study Choline, a B vitamin nutrient can help in preventing any foetal brain problems or mental issues in the baby which is caused by the of cold or during

The study published in the Journal of Pediatrics talks about how viruses such as or cold in pregnant women have been linked to mental problems or illnesses like or later in life. Moreover, the study found that Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient can prevent foetal brain developmental problems."Mothers want to give their babies the best possible start in life. Colds and are often unavoidable, even if the mother has had a shot. But colds and flu during double the risk of future mental illnesses.

More and more information shows that helps the baby's brain develop properly. We found that higher levels of prevent fetal brain problems from developing, even when the mother is infected. supplements in can have a lifelong benefit for the infant," said Robert Freedman, the of the study.

The research was conducted at the and Denver Medical Center's Prenatal Clinic, with prenatal assessments of maternal infection, C-Reactive Protein (CRP, a marker of maternal inflammation) and the mothers' choline levels.

The baby's brain development before birth was assessed by measuring the baby's brain waves soon after birth. The harmful effects of were seen in a reduction of the normal inhibition, also known as response inhibition, of newborns' brain waves to repeated sounds. Simply put, response inhibition is the ability to cease or delay action and to be able to reflect rather than display impulsive behaviour.The body creates some choline on its own and it is also naturally present in certain foods, including liver, red meat and eggs. However, up to 75 per cent of pregnant women consume less choline during pregnancy than recommended (450 mg of choline per day).

The researchers encourage medical associations all over to include them in supplements so that the mother and the baby get the required amount of Choline so as to deliver a healthy baby.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 16:45 IST