Some of the most important things your mother ever did for you happened before you were born. Proper diet, exercise, and avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes during pregnancy can have life-long effects on an unborn baby. As we learn more about the role of prenatal care, we're also realizing that the birth-weight can have lifelong effects as well. Very high and very low birth-weight are associated with an increased risk of complications during birth. Additionally, low birth-weight has been associated with some chronic adult diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure. There is no doubt that a mother's health and attention to a healthy pregnancy can have a major impact.
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