Manipulation of fetal development processes via maternal nutritional intervention can affect the physiology and cellular function of adult offspring through a process known as fetal programming (Harding & Johnson 1995). Nutritional status of the dam in the first trimester of pregnancy is crucial to fetal development because, although fetal energy requirements in early pregnancy are relatively small, and thus, total nutrient demand is typically low, fetal metabolic activity is very high and organogenesis is occurring (Harding & Johnson 1995)...
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 74, Napier, 209-211, 2014
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