Lipid metabolism in pregnancy and its consequences in the fetus and newborn

@article{Herrera2002LipidMI,
  title={Lipid metabolism in pregnancy and its consequences in the fetus and newborn},
  author={Dr. Emilio Herrera},
  journal={Endocrine},
  year={2002},
  volume={19},
  pages={43-55}
}
During early pregnancy there is an increase in body fat accumulation, associated with both hyperphagia and increased lipogenesis. During late pregnancy there is an accelerated breakdown of fat depots, which plays a key role in fetal development. Besides using placental transferred fatty acids, the fetus benefits from two other products: glycerol and ketone bodies. Although glycerol crosses the placenta in small proportions, it is a preferential substrate for maternal gluconeogenesis, and… CONTINUE READING