Poor-quality prenatal dietary patterns are related to the mental health of mothers and children - could dietary improvement break the cycle?

Samantha L Dawson, Wolfgang Marx, Felice Jacka

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[Extract] Poor-quality prenatal diets are related to antenatal depressive symptoms and stress in women.1 Likewise, prenatal depressive symptoms and unhealthy diets are both independently associated with higher levels of child emotional-behavioral dysregulation. Addressing diet may influence multiple interconnected pathways that are relevant to the pathogenesis of mental disorder, such as gut microbiota, inflammatory status, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, oxidative stress, and brain-derived neurotrophic factors. This raises the question: can dietary improvement in pregnancy prevent mental disorders in mothers and help prevent the intergenerational transmission of mental ill-health to children? If so, what dietary advice should be followed, and would this advice change based on the disorder?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-282
Number of pages2
JournalRevista da Associacao Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


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