London: To-be-moms please take note: Women who have a varied diet during pregnancy may be less likely to have a child who is a fussy eater, a new study has found. A decade-long research by French scientists found that the smells and tastes that babies are exposed to in their first few weeks and months of life is associated with the foods and scents they grow to like. In some cases, babies appear to get a taste for the foods their mothers eat in the womb, the researchers said. "During pregnancy the womb is relatively permeable and what the mother takes in goes in a certain dose to the foetus during a time when the brain is being formed, probably with long-term consequences," lead researcher Dr Benoist Schaal of Bourgogne University in Dijon was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. In one experiment, Dr Schaal and his team gave some women aniseed-flavoured sweets and biscuits to eat in the last few days of pregnancy, while others ate their usual foods. Once their babies were born, the scent of aniseed was wafted past their faces. Those who had tasted or smelt aniseed in the womb turned towards it and seemed to smile, said the researchers who presented their finding at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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