Your Uterine Fluid May Affect Your Baby

A new study finds that the liquid surrounding your baby in utero may be prepping him for what his life outside will be like.

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If you're pregnant or you've ever been pregnant, then you already know that a woman's body is incredible. Now, a recent study by Cell Press has discovered another amazing thing that happens inside you when you're pregnant. They discovered that many factors—your diet, your mood and other environmental factors—affect your uterine fluid. And because a baby splashes around in this fluid, what you eat, how you feel and where you live impacts his or her development.

Though there is still more research that needs to be conducted to confirm this finding, Dr. Sherry Ross, an OB/GYN and women's health expert and author calls this study "fascinating."

"We know how powerfully our diet and other outside factors affect our bodies. It's no surprise uterine fluid could do the same for embryo development," she says. "'You are what you eat' is an idiom for all things body-related. Your diet can create a different odor in your body fluids and sweat. Stress, depression, smoking, alcohol and caffeine can also have a negative effect on your overall health and wellness."

And while it might not be time to get your uterine fluid tested to see if you ate enough protein today, Dr. Ross says that it's a nice reminder to take care of your body as best you can, especially since your baby will be tagging along for all of your experiences.

"If the cellular makeup of the uterine fluid positively or negatively affects a growing embryo, a woman would want to plan ahead before getting pregnant," she says. "Eating well, exercising regularly, avoiding environmental toxins and stress contribute to being your healthiest self in preparation for pregnancy. Ideally you want to allow yourself six months to prepare your body to set the stage for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby."