previous research has shown that a large birth weight substantially increases a person's risk for obesity both as a child and later in life as an adult. In fact, some studies have reported that a birth weight of more than 8 lbs increases a person's risk for obesity by about 50-70%!
Therefore, it is important to eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. The following tips from the Weight-Control Information Network might help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy:
- Consume only about 300 more calories per day than normal during the last 6 months of pregnancy. For normal weight women, this would equal about 1,900 - 2,500 total calories per day
- Eat breakfast every day
- Be sure to include high fiber foods
- Keep healthy snacks handy
- Consider cutting back on large amounts of caffeine
- Exercise at a moderate intensity on a regular basis.
Keeping weight gain during pregnancy to a healthy level is an important step for reducing childhood and adult obesity.
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- Ludwig DS, Currie J. The association between pregnancy weight gain and birthweight: a within-family comparison. The Lancet 2010; Early Onling Publication, August 5, 2010, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60751-9.
- NIDDK Weight-control Information Network. Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy. URL: http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/two.htm