Maternal diet during pregnancy

How is maternal diet during pregnancy related to risk for bipolar disorder?

Consumption of a balanced diet during pregnancy aids the development of a healthy fetus which may act as a preventative factor for the development of bipolar disorder in adulthood. In contrast, consumption of substances or poor diet during pregnancy can be harmful to the developing fetus.

What is the evidence for maternal diet during pregnancy?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests a medium-sized effect of increased risk of bipolar disorder in offspring of mothers who smoked during pregnancy. There were no associations between alcohol or caffeine use during pregnancy and bipolar disorder in the offspring.

April 2019

Last updated at: 3:54 am, 4th April 2019
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