If Your Baby Ends Up Being a Picky Eater, You Are Probably to Blame

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mom feeding babyWell, moms-to-be, I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you may be able to lessen the chances of your baby being a picky eater simply by paying attention to what you eat during your pregnancy.

But guess what? That's the bad news too. Because new studies have found that eating green vegetables during pregnancy increases your baby's chances of preferring healthy foods.

Sigh. No more doughnuts. No more pizza. No more stuffing your face full of every delicious thing you can get your hands on -- otherwise you may wind up with a very fussy eater on your hands.

Julie Mennella, a developmental biologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Centre in Philadelphia says, "Even before a child eats their first mouthful of food, they are learning about flavor through the amniotic fluid in the womb, and later through their mother's milk. The message is, eat the healthy food that you enjoy and when the baby is old enough to start weaning, they will already be familiar with those flavors."

Huh. Yeah, I guess that makes a whole lot of sense.

And I can't help but wonder if my pregnancy diet is part of the reason my son is just about the pickiest eater on the planet -- and why he's been that way pretty much since we introduced solids when he was an infant.

Sure, I did my best to stick to a healthy diet while pregnant. I really did. I ate lots of whole grains, and a decent amount of salads, but now that I think about it, I really didn't eat many fruits and vegetables. I just didn't want that stuff. I wanted comfort food, not bird food. (Gah.)

And yes, I knew very well that I needed to be incorporating more of those foods into my diet, but that's easier said than done when you're dealing with pregnancy cravings. If I'd had a hankering for the green stuff, I'd have gladly eaten it.

But now that I know I may have screwed up my kid's eating habits by not taking in more healthy foods, I feel guilty for letting my cravings guide me during that time. (Good grief. What else can I possibly do to mess him up?)

Have you been eating lots of vegetables during your pregnancy?


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nonmember avatar Victoria

With my first little girl I ate ultra healthy throughout the pregnancy - leafy greens such as spinach and cabbage and so much fruit. With my second I was not as good and you can see the effects. My now 4 yr old enjoys all fruits and vegetables whilst her younger sister refuses flatly to eat ANY vegetables I have to hide them in her food! With my first though I craved healthy foods but with my second I craved carbs! Personally I believe that your diet whilst pregnant massively effects their taste buds later in life! X

davis... davismom03

What a crock, just another way to complain, my sister ate nothing but tacos while she was pregnant, and my nephew is 21 and still hates tacos, when I was pregnant with my son I ate gravies and potatoes, and my sons favorites are salads and smoothies. Teaching good eating habits is what you need to do, if someone eats junk then its because they are taught to

monie389 monie389

What a dumb article.  I ate extremely healthy during my pregnancy - salads, fresh fruits, fresh veggies, etc - and my kid will have nothing to do with veggies no matter how many times I put them on his plate.

amand... amandabananda

Well, there is some truth, I ate soo mcuh fruit when I was pregnant with DD and she's 2 and will go for the fruit before anything else.  It also has to do with what foods are being offered regularly.  Offering junk food more often than healthly food, well I wonder what your kid's going to pick

lulou lulou

It makes sense to me.

Plus whenever I nursed I always thought about that FFA scene in Napoleon Dynamite about the cow getting into the onion patch. 

ethan... ethans_momma06

I did.

I love vegetables.

Guess what? One is a picky eater. The other isnt.

nonmember avatar Bunny

I ate healthy with my first. My first is my pickiest eater. With my second i didn't eat as healthy and he eats any type of fruit or veggie i give him.

Teri_25 Teri_25

This study is flawed.  My kid hates almost everything, and refuses to eat almost 95% of the stuff I ate when pregnant, and it's not even bad foods. Stuff like chili, pasta(he cries when we put a piece of pasta in front of him), potatoes of any kind are the things he refuses to eat.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

I think whats causing picky eaters r parents who cater to the pickyness. Both my kids will eat just about anything because i didnt say "oh honey let me make u something special when there is a perfectly good meal right here in front of you!" People r so worried about lil jonny starving they give in to their whims. THAT is whats wrong with kids being picky. Ive never had an issue gettin my kids to eat fruits and veggies. I also keep the junk out of the house most of the time. Wake up people!

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