Monday, 18th June, 2018

The effect of infant and maternal diet on child health

Dietary intake during pregnancy and in (early) childhood may affect aspects of child health at various ages. The aim of this project is to study the effects of maternal and infant nutrition on child health.


In  particular we study growth, body composition, cardiometabolic health, renal health and cognition, as well as the effect of gestational weight gain on child health. For this purpose, original data analysis from the Generation R Study will be performed, along with systematic reviews.

Generation R is a large population-based cohort study in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The development of almost 10,000 children and their parents has been followed from pregnancy onwards with questionnaires and hands on assessments including ultrasound and MRI.

Within the Generation R study protocol, detailed information about maternal diet and nutrition during pregnancy has been collected. Infant dietary information was collected in the first and second year of the child’s life, and is currently assessed in 8-year olds. Children’s health and cognitive development is repeatedly monitored throughout childhood.