Baby food preferences shaped in the womb

February 18, 2016

Amniotic fluid takes on the flavour of what you’ve eaten.

What you eat during pregnancy is super-important. Eating a balanced diet ensures that your baby gets all the nutrients it needs to thrive and helps mama to combat pregnancy symptoms like lethargy and headaches.But did you know that the food you eat when your pregnant can also affect your little ones flavour preferences even before they’re born?

The amniotic fluid in your uterus takes on the scent and flavour of everything you eat and drink. And your baby will swallow and taste some of this fluid every day up until the birth. This means that your little one’s food preferences are being shaped by whatever you ingest, from a garlicky-pizza or a chocolatey-mocha to a vanilla-scented ice cream or a minty gravy.

So what does that mean for you?

Carry on eating a balanced diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables to give fruit and vegyour baby a taste for fresh ingredients and flavours.

The wider variety of foods that you expose your baby to before birth, the greater the likelihood that they’ll readily accept and enjoy them when it’s time for them to try their first foods. However, bear it in mind that lots of other factors will shape your baby’s taste preferences too as they grow up, from what you eat when your’re breastfeeding to what their friend’s at school like to eat. The best course of action is to be an example of healthy eating yourself.

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