Obese While Pregnant

Obesity during pregnancy is not healthy

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Weight gain is essential during pregnancy, but how much? Lack of information and resources can prevent the proper weight gain during pregnancy and hinder or harm the baby or mother.

Researchers have found that weight gain over the recommended amount during pregnancy can lead to the mother becoming overweight or obese, which leads to other associated problems.

"Women who gained excessive weight during pregnancy are 3x more likely to experience long-term obesity."

The University of Bristol studied 3,877 women who had babies16 years ago, to determine the effect that pregnancy weight gain had on health effects in the future. The researchers measured pre-pregnancy weight with body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and blood pressure 16 years later.

The measurements were more accurate after adjusting for age, sex of child, social class, parity, smoking, physical activity, and diet in pregnancy, method of delivery, and whether mother breast fed.

Women who gained more weight than recommended during pregnancy were three times more likely to be overweight or obese and have increased central fat, giving an apple body shape.

The opposite was also found that women who had low-weight gain during pregnancy had lower risks for obesity and associated problems.

Weight gain is important during pregnancy because it is necessary for proper growth and development of the baby. The recommended weight gain is different for each individual, so ask a doctor or speak to professionals to determine the correct amount.

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May 23, 2011
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May 23, 2011