One’s Diet As A Baby Could Determine Future Brain Function, Experts Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What your child eats in their first years can impact their brain development as well as the rest of their life according to a new report.

Brain development itself begins during pregnancy and continues for years after birth, especially up to two years of age or so. The mistake some parents make is believing that eating a low fat, heart-healthy adult diet will support brain development during that period.

Getting her two kids to eat a healthy diet isn’t always easy for Jennifer Osterweil, but she’s certainly doing her best.

“When your kids eat healthy, it feels like you’re eating healthy,” she said.

But as CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, what parents consider “healthy” might not be right for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report which says that food choices, beginning with what mom eats while a baby is still in the womb, could have a major impact on brain development and even mental health.

“It can affect the child long-term, in terms of cognitive development, in terms of attention, behavior,” spokesman Dr. Preeti Parikh said.

The AAP still recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months, and calls on pediatricians to recommend more than just a good diet. Baby doctors need to be more specific about including brain-building nutrients for pregnant women and young children.

“Things like choline, and you can get that in eggs, iron, iodine. You can get that in red meats, beans, lentils,” Dr. Parikh said. “Protein, peanut butter, eggs of course, lean meats, zinc.”

One error some parents make is giving their babies skim milk after they’re done breastfeeding. Normal brain development requires certain fats not found in non-fat milk.

Osterweil knows with little ones, not every day can be perfect. It’s the overall that’s what counts.

“If I can get something a little bit healthier with her, more of a balance. Like if I can get a slice of pizza with some broccoli on the side I feel okay! It was an okay night,” she said.

She said she’s taking it one meal at a time.

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Kylie Jenner Is Expected to Return to Social Media After Giving Birth

Kylie Jenner has been laying relatively low since news broke of her pregnancy back in September, but as could be expected, things won’t continue in that light once the reality TV star gives birth. ET has learned via a source close to Jenner that she will be returning to the spotlight upon having her child.

“Kylie has been chilling at home for the most part and just living her best life,” the source reveals. “She has really enjoyed this time away from the spotlight. It’s the first time she can remember in her entire life not being followed by cameras and she’s just trying to enjoy this privacy.”

In adding, the source insists, “She’s definitely not going to deny that she’s had a baby, or continue to evade questions about it all. This isn’t a permanent thing. As soon as the baby is born, she will make an announcement and introduce the baby to her fans. She will also address the fact that she went ‘dark’ on social media and in the public.”

The source also ensures that Kylie is quite proud and looking forward to being a mother. “Yes, she will release a photo and yes, she will acknowledge the baby. She’s excited to continue to be her authentic self, and that will soon mean being a mother and sharing that with her fans.”

In the meantime, reports suggest that Jenner has been spending time in Chicago, welcoming Kanye and Kim’s new baby girl, Chicago, into the world.

Follow on to ET for more on the story.

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Taylor Swift Made A Real Life Love Story Come True!

There is nothing Taylor Swift can’t do!

Earlier this month, high school sweethearts Alexas Gonzales, known as Lexi, and Brittany Lewis got married in Dickinson, Texas where they received the ultimate surprise from the Shake It Off singer herself!

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According to their website, the lyrics to Tay’s song Love Story played in huge part in Brittany’s magical proposal! Lexi wrote:

“She ended her speech with the best line of all time. As she got down on one knee she said, ‘So I talked to your dad, now it’s time to pick out a white dress… will you marry me?’ Our song has always been Love Story by Taylor Swift so if you know the song you can see how adorable her saying that was!”‘

On the day of their nuptials, Tay sent the loving couple a gorgeous flower display with a note that read:

“Lexi & Brittany, You have no idea how honored I am that Love Story has been such a big part of your beautiful love story. I’m absolutely thrilled that Lexis said YES! Have the most magical wedding day and hopefully I can meet you both soon! Love, Taylor.”

As seen here on Lexi’s Twitter:

Scientists discover ‘Legos of life’

Scientists have found the “Legos of life” – four core chemical structures that can be stacked together to build the myriad proteins inside every organism – after smashing and dissecting nearly 10,000 proteins to understand their component parts. The four building blocks make energy available for humans and all other living organisms, according to a new study.