Monday, April 21, 2014

Pregnancy Weight affecting child's future health

According to this article here there is a new study that has linked weight gain with pregnancy to having children who are obese later on in life.  The study shows that women who either gain too much or too little weight during "may permanently affect mechanisms that manage energy balance and metabolism in the offspring, such as appetite control and energy expenditure," study author Sneha Sridhar, of Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research, theorized in a Kaiser news release.

The study looked at over 4000 children ages 2 to 5 in California.  It is not known whether or not they will do a nation wide study as well. 

Current Institute of Medicine guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy are: for obese women (a BMI of 30 or above), 11 to 20 pounds; for overweight women (BMI of 25 to 29), 15 to 25 pounds; for normal weight women (BMI Of 18.5 to 25), 25 to 35 pounds; and for underweight women (BMI under 18.5), 28 to 40 pounds.
The study was published April 14 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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