Everyone knows that a mother’s balanced diet and healthy lifestyle help the proper development of a baby before it’s born. But a new book by a Cornell University medical researcher argues that conditions in the womb can be a predictor for serious medical conditions late in life, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The author and a panel of other medical experts discuss the impact of life in the womb on adult health and disease.


  • Peter W. Nathanielsz MD, PhD, professor of reproductive physiology, director of the Laboratory for Pregnancy and Newborn Research at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and author of "Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease" (Promethean Press)
  • Abigail Trafford Is a journalist, columnist, and former health editor at "The Washington Post" and author of "Crazy Time" and "My Time."
  • Dr. Matthew Gillman Physician epidemiologist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School


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