Researchers in the UK from the University of Southampton have found that whether a child will develop allergies and wheezing or not is determined very early on in life; as early as when they were in their mothers’ wombs.
The study found that those fetuses who developed rapidly during the earlier part of pregnancy and then appeared to falter in the later stages, were more likely to develop asthma and allergies as children.
Earlier studies have also revealed that the growth of a baby in the womb is indicative of other things such as being prone to heart disease, obesity and other problems later in life as well.
Growth in the womb is very important because it is what impacts the baby’s immune system develops. The way that the immune system and the lungs develop before birth can determine a child’s susceptibility to the most common illnesses of childhood.
This study reiterates the fact that what mother does during pregnancy – what she eats, how fit and active she keeps, how much weight she puts on, how she keeps stress under control – her well being and health all have a bearing upon the child.