Women who gain too much or too little weight during pregnancy risk having obese child
Researchers have said that women, who gain too much or too little weight during pregnancy, are at risk of having obese child.
In one of the largest studies to examine current Institute of Medicine recommendations regarding pregnancy weight gain in relation to childhood obesity, researchers reviewed the electronic health records of 4,145 racially diverse female members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California who had completed a health survey between 2007 and 2009 and subsequently had a baby.
Researchers reviewed the medical records of those children between ages 2 and 5 years old and found that:
Among all women who gained more than the recommended weight during pregnancy, 20.4 percent of their children were overweight or obese, compared with 19.5 percent in women who gained less than recommended weight and 14.5 percent in women who gained weight within the guidelines.
Women with a normal Body Mass Index measurement before pregnancy who gained less than the recommended amount were 63 percent more likely to have a child who became overweight or obese.
Women with a normal BMI before pregnancy with weight gain above recommendations were 80 percent more likely to have an overweight or obese child.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)