Gaining Too Much Pregnancy Weight Can Make Baby Fat Photo: Thinkstock
Your doctor has probably told you how much weight gain you should aim to gain during pregnancy. (If you don’t know, check it out here.) But what if you overdo it? Well, a new study by the March of Dimes suggests that being overweight before and during pregnancy can lead to serious health problems for both mom and baby. “New research is showing that if a woman is overweight while pregnant, her baby is more likely to be overweight,” says Alan R. Fleischman, MD, medical director of the March of Dimes.
And a baby born to an overweight mother can develop health risks later on in life, including developing insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Baby can have a higher chance of getting heart disease and diabetes. Experts also say that by starting at a healthy weight, you can lower the risk of preterm labor and birth defects.
So what are some ways to get on track with your weight before and during pregnancy? Make sure to see your doctor for a preconception check-up, so she can identify any health conditions you may have. Also, don’t miss your prenatal check-ups when you are pregnant and make sure you’re eating healthily and not filling up on empty calories and junk food.
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