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How your mom's pregnancy cravings shape your appearance

You should thank your mom's bizzare pregnancy cravings for your great looks

By Web Desk
March 28, 2024
A mothers diet may influence certain facial features of their child from the womb. — Pixabay
A mother's diet may influence certain facial features of their child from the womb. — Pixabay

You are beautiful but have you ever wondered why you are that way? Well, you should thank your mom's pregnancy cravings for your great looks.

A new research exploring the origins of facial features found that a pregnant mother's diet may influence certain facial features from the womb, potentially creating the appearance of her children, the New York Post reported.

The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Communications, linked a mother’s protein levels to gene activity, specifically mTORC1 genes, which influenced the "craniofacial shape of the embryos".

According to the study, high-protein diets resulted in stronger jawlines and bigger noses, while low-protein diets resulted in slimmer, pointier features.

In other words, the mother's nutrition may "fine tune" her children's facial traits, such as the size and form of their jaw or nose.

A mothers nutrition may fine tune her childrens facial traits. — Unsplash
A mother's nutrition may 'fine tune' her children's facial traits. — Unsplash

The team of international researchers genetically manipulated pregnant mice and zebrafish and fed them diets varying in nutrition level. They then observed them before concluding the results.

Although these findings are new, previous studies have shown that mothers' diets, particularly those involving vegetables, have been linked to better child health outcomes.

One of the previous studies indicate that obese mothers increase the risk of overweight boys at birth who may develop metabolic conditions like fatty liver disease later in life.

Additionally, another research suggests that ultra-processed food consumption by mothers can pass harmful chemicals to their fetuses, further highlighting the negative health consequences of such food consumption.