Drinking Milk During Pregnancy May Affect Baby’s Height

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A new study of 685 Danish mother-child pairs over a 20-year period suggests that the amount of milk a woman drinks during pregnancy may affect the adult height of her offspring. The researchers tracked milk consumption during pregnancy and the height of the offspring at birth and age 20. After adjusting for the mother’s height, age, body mass index and other factors, they found:

– Mothers who drank more than 5 ounces of milk a day had bigger babies, on average, than those who drank less.

– By age 20, children with mothers who drank more than 5 ounces of milk a day during pregnancy were, on average, almost a half-inch taller.

– These children also had an average of 8 percent higher blood levels of IGF-1, or insulin-like growth factor, which promotes bone growth.

Source: The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Sept. 4, 2013)

Fast Facts:

2,020 pounds: The weight of the largest pumpkin pie ever baked. It measured just over 12 feet long and was baked on Oct. 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio. The pie included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.

Source: The Guinness Book of World Records

By the Numbers:

67.01 The percentage of women who had a mammogram in the last two years prior to 2010 (most recent data available).

Source: National Center for Health Statistics

Katherine Kopp is a freelance writer and editor in Chapel Hill. She and her husband are the parents of three daughters.

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