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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Women who gain as little as 7 pounds between pregnancies increased their risks of diabetes and high blood pressure during the second pregnancy and even stillbirth, according to a new Swedish study. This is new evidence to support that overweight women who plan to become pregnant should lose weight.

Weight gain ups pregnancy risks
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

What’s most striking about these study findings is that women with a healthy BMI who gained some weight but still stayed within a healthy BMI, would have raised their risks of becoming diabetic during the next pregnancy by about 30 %.

This study highlights the importance of that time interval between pregnancies when women are very busy caring for their new babies and could be at risk of having less time to care for themselves " which we all know can lead to weight gain.

Preventing weight gain at this stage of life will involve women paying attention to their own needs for exercise and healthy eating despite the demands of being a new mother. Getting support is crucial at this stage of life " just as it is in later stages of life.

I do agree that this study has some limitations - specifically, that the reasons for the weight gain were not addressed such as decreased activity, increased food intake or breast feeding. However, it does seem prudent to advise women not to gain weight between pregnancies and if they have already gained weight, to try to lose that extra weight before they become pregnant.

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