Early Experiences in the Womb Have Long Consequences for Future Health

Monday, October 04, 2010

An emerging field of science known as fetal origins claims that conditions in the womb before birth can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for the health and well-being of the adults those fetuses become. The latest scientific research suggests that prenatal influences — including a woman’s exposure to environmental toxins during her pregnancy, her stress levels and diet — can affect the health of future generations.

In her new book, "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives," Annie Murphy Paul writes about the lasting effects of life in the womb. Paul researched and wrote her book during her second pregnancy, which she says provided the inspiration and motivation for "Origins." The book is divided into nine chapters, with each chapter representing one of the nine months of pregnancy.

 

Guests:

Annie Murphy Paul

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Comments [3]

Statman from RTP

There are literally thousands of things that impinge on the mother that could reach the fetus. Note that the fetus is super protected. There are literally thousands of ways to measure the health of a child. There are millions of possible associations so it is most likely that essentially all of these reported results are just chance and would not replicate. Rest easy mothers until someone replicates a result.

Oct. 04 2010 11:25 AM
Ed from Larchmont

This week is the international week of prayer and fasting for a pro-life culture, 18th annual.

Oct. 04 2010 08:10 AM
Ed from Larchmont

As the science of pre-natal biology progresses, it will become more and more obvious (even more than it is now) that the fetus is a human being, and so deserving of protection and love. It dooms the abortion movement. The fetus can also feel pain early on.

Oct. 04 2010 08:08 AM

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