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Do prenatal choline supplements improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants?

MCH5 (44) - Baker - Choline
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Project Title: Do prenatal choline supplements improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants?

Authors: Stephanie Baker, MD; Spencer Del Moral, MD

Program: St. Anthony North Family Medicine Residency

Abstract: Evidence Based Answer: Choline likely has benefit in the specific high-risk population of heavy drinkers of improving learning and memory in offspring when supplemented at high doses. There is likely a small benefit of choline supplementation in pregnancy, specifically in cognitive function as measured by IQ and information processing speed. Introduction: Choline is an essential nutrient and plays an in important role in the metabolism of neurotransmitters in the brain and cognitive functions. The recommended intake of choline in pregnancy is 450mg, however, most pregnant women do not consume this amount. This project is important because it attempts to examine the importance of choline in pregnancy and the actual benefits and effects it has on infants.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to… • Name the associated cognitive benefits in offspring of choline supplementation in pregnancy. • Name the specific high-risk population in which choline supplementation was found to be beneficial. • Identify a dose dependent relationship between improved cognitive performance and choline supplementation.

Category: Maternal and child health

***This Poster did not undergo review by the proposal review committee

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