Recently, some well-designed studies have pointed out a link between increased maternal inflammation and a negative impact on infant brain development during pregnancy. We can track inflammation with a blood test called CRP and in Finland a very large study indicated that high CRP blood levels during pregnancy could impair emotional development later in childhood. How do mothers keep CRP levels low? The answer is straight forward:
- Don’t smoke
- Keep your teeth in good shape, floss and brush regularly
- Eat lots of fruits and veggies
- Exercise 40 minutes 5 days a week
- Avoid deep fried foods
These simple good habits will give your child a “head” start.