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Friday 18 April 2014

Chips, crisps for mum linked to baby problems

Pregnant women can have up to a small drink a day without harming their children, the study suggests, but government advisers say abstaining is best

Eating chips during pregnancy can lead to significant health problems for newborn babies, research suggests.

Consuming a vast quantity of chips, crisps and biscuits during pregnancy can lead to babies having a lower-than-average birth weight, the study found.

Mothers-to-be who have a high intake of acrylamide -- which is found in commonly consumed foods and coffee -- are also more likely to have a baby which has a smaller head circumference.

The size of a child's head has been associated with delayed neurodevelopment, while lower birth weights have been associated with adverse health effects as children grow up.

Irish Independent

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