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Maternal nutrition and reproductive functions

It’s no secret that maternal health is a crucial factor to a healthy pregnancy. Previous studies have suggested that diets that are high in saturated fats and sugars can have a detrimental effect on the developing embryo and may have a negative long lasting effect on the offspring.

A recent study carried out at Ankara University in Turkey aimed to investigate a possible link between unhealthy maternal nutrition on the reproductive functions of female and male adult offspring.

Scientists discovered that the offspring of mice that were fed a diet high in saturated fats and simple sugars developed a number of adverse effects that involved the offspring’s reproductive function. These ranged from a reduction in the offsprings ability to produce mature eggs, reduced endometrial receptivity, smaller testicles and reduced testosterone production.