Your Cravings Could Turn Your Baby Into a Picky Eater

Good grief. Isn't pregnancy the one time in your life when you are supposed to be able to chow down on all of your favorite foods without feeling the slightest bit of guilt? I mean -- it's no secret that you have to squeeze in healthy foods in addition to the junkier stuff just so you don't break the scale at the doctor's office, but shouldn't you at least get a little bit of a hall pass when it comes to indulging?

Apparently not. Because now there is new research that shows that what you eat during pregnant can affect your baby's eating habits. Isn't that just great?


Supposedly babies are able to absorb flavors from the amniotic fluid while in utero, which may make them develop a preference for certain foods before they are even born. I guess if you are super-healthy and eat whole grains and vegetables and stuff like that while you are expecting, then you don't have too much to worry about as far as your baby's palate goes.

But if you are like many women who can't seem to resist chowing down on cheeseburgers, fries, and cookies, then you may wind up with a very picky eater on your hands who tends to turn to junk food growing up. And then your kid will gain weight and get teased for it and you'll feel like the worst mom on the planet for not being able to control your pregnancy cravings. Perfect.

Huh. I wonder if that's why my son basically refuses to eat anything besides grilled cheese sandwiches, potato chips, and other snacks like goldfish and Ritz crackers? He's as picky as little eaters get. OMG. I think I may have screwed him up for life because I couldn't get enough bagels and cream cheese and cereal when I was pregnant. Am I the reason that he's a total carb-addict? (Sorry about that, buddy.)

It's not very realistic to expect women to be totally strict when it comes to the diet they follow while pregnant. But maybe it is a good idea to at least try and eat healthy and to squeeze in fruits and vegetables at most meals. Look at it this way -- as an added bonus to setting your baby up for good eating habits, choosing healthier foods also makes it easier to get back into your pre-baby wardrobe. It's a total win-win, right?

Have you been watching what you eat during your pregnancy, or are you taking this time to truly eat for two?


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