The effect of nutrient deficiency or supplementation on the developing brain is a function of the brains requirement for a nutrient in specific metabolic pathways and structural components the effects are regionally distributed within the brain on the basis of which areas are rapidly developing at any given time 4 . A babys birth weight and brain size do depend on the quality of his or her mothers nutrition during pregnancy pregnant women should gain about 20 percent of their ideal pre pregnancy weight eg 26 pounds for a 130 lb woman to insure adequate fetal growth. Nutrition and the developing brain nutrient priorities and measurement georgieff mk1 author information 1department of pediatrics and child development university of minnesota school of medicine minneapolis mn usa georg001umnedu nutrients and growth factors regulate brain development during fetal and early postnatal life. Nutrition and the developing brain 1st edition victoria hall moran nicola m lowe hardback 14500 nutrition and is a member of the international biomarkers of nutrition for development bond panel and a fellow of the higher education academy nicola is also the research director and a trustee for the abaseen foundation. Nutrition and the developing brain across this time your baby is sensitive to the quantity and quality of nutrition your babys brain although structurally complete will now begin connecting and wiring up its neurons the most important thing to remember is that in order for your baby to catch up on their brain development the
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