Apr 5, 2019
Pregnant women will suffer colds and may get the flu despite receiving the flu vaccines. When that occurs, the babies they are carrying are more likely to develop excessive neural sensitivity. That in turn leads to agitation for infants and toddlers and attention deficits and even serious psychosis such as schizophrenia later in life.
A study by University of Colorado pediatricians and psychiatrists reveals that this problem may be prevented by sufficient levels of the essential B vitamin choline. Choline is necessary for the synthesis of the cell membranes of neurons and the sheaths of nerves.
While choline is found in some foods including eggs, red meat, and liver, 75% of pregnant women fail to consume the recommended daily 450 milligrams of this nutrient. Unfortunately, prenatal vitamins do not contain choline.
Pregnant women should take a 500 mg choline supplement daily for at least the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Choline may be obtained from most drugstores and online.
Robert Freedman, Sharon K. Hunter, Amanda J. Law, Brandie D. Wagner, Angelo D'Alessandro, Uwe Christians, Kathleen Noonan, Anna Wyrwa, M. Camille Hoffman. Higher Gestational Choline Levels in Maternal Infection Are Protective for Infant Brain Development. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.12.010
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