A recent study conducted by Wake Forest University in North Carolina has concluded that the unhealthy conditions of obese women and women with gestational diabetes can potentially negatively affect the cognitive development of their children's brains.
Of the 921 premature infants that were studied by the university, it was found that 11% of the infants were still cognitively impaired at 2 years of age. Children with mothers who suffered from gestational diabetes during their pregnancies were twice as likely to have the congitive development issue than babies whose mothers had healthy pregnancies.
Although the exact cause for the congitive impairment in children is yet to be determined, doctors suspect that inflammation may damage the children's brains as a result of their mother's obese states.
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