Too much weight in pregnancy leads to heavy babies, and could even cause childhood obesity

Just read this interesting article in the Daily Mail.

In my last pregnancy I gained well over 40 lbs and the baby weighed just under 10 pounds-he looked like a mini sumo wrestler. Fortunatley he is now slim and so am I, but it took years of dieting for me to shift the post pregnancy weight. He just slimmed down naturally as we eat a fairly healthy diet when I am not pregnant and I breast fed!

Talking to my mum her last 2 babies were both big. Both of  them then were chubby as a children, and one has gone on to have a weight probelm as an adult.

 It has really made me think, as I have always seen pregnancy as an excuse to indulge myself foodwise. The whole’eating for two’ thing I found very appealling !

It never occurred to me until reading this article, that I could be setting my kids up for problems in later life by gaining too much weight during pregnancy.

Here is an extract from the article below:

Women who gain more than 40 pounds (18kg) during pregnancy have nearly twice the risk of delivering a heavy baby as those who gain less, U.S. researchers have announced.

The study of more than 40,000 U.S. women and their babies found as many as one in five women gains too much weight during pregnancy, doubling the chances her baby will weigh 9 pounds (4kg) or more.

And they found women who gain more than 40 pounds during pregnancy are more likely to have a heavy baby even if they do not have gestational diabetes, a short-term form of diabetes linked with pregnancy that is known to increase the risk of having a big baby.

‘Because there are so many women who are gaining more than 40 pounds during pregnancy, it’s an important health message for most women to avoid excessive weight during pregnancy,’ said Dr. Teresa Hillier of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Oregon, whose study appears in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Hillier said gaining extra weight during pregnancy increases the risk for having heavy babies, and studies suggest these babies are programmed to become overweight or obese later in life.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, babies who weigh more than 9 pounds at birth are considered heavy.

A large baby can pose risks for a difficult delivery – increasing the chances of vaginal tearing, bleeding, and Caesarian-sections for the mother and the risk of stuck shoulders and broken collar bones for the baby.

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New UK research on possible effects of small amounts of alcohol consumed during pregnancy

This surprising article below was from yesterdays Telegraph. Here is an extract from the article below. The Department of Health last year advised women trying to conceive or who are pregnant that they should avoid alcohol completely, so this new research finding is interesting in the light of this.

Drinking a small glass of wine a week during pregnancy does not harm children and may actually improve their behaviour and vocabulary, British scientists have found.

Conflicting guidance has been issued by different health agencies to women about whether it is safe to drink small quantities of alcohol during pregnancy.

There has been little evidence of harm to the unborn child of drinking small amounts, but many experts feel this cannot be proven conclusively so it is better to be ‘safe than sorry’ and not drink at all.

Researchers at University College London studied data from 12,500 three-year-old children, looking at their mother’s drinking patterns during pregnancy and assessment of the behavioural and mental capacity for thinking and learning.

They found that children born to women who said they drank ‘a glass of wine’ very occasionally or up to two drinks once a week throughout pregnancy were less likely to have conduct problems, hyperactivity and emotional problems than children of abstainers.

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The research is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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