Study: More weight gain in pregnancy may mean heavier baby

New research confirms that the more weight women pack on during pregnancy, the heavier their babies are likely to be. The researchers reported in the... More Below... Posted by on Aug 5th, 2010 and filed under Health.

New research confirms that the more weight women pack on during pregnancy, the heavier their babies are likely to be.

The researchers reported in the Aug. 4 issue of The Lancet that excessive birth weight appears to be associated with being overweight in adulthood, raising the risk of weight-associated diseases.

In a journal news release, co-authors Dr. David S. Ludwig of Children’s Hospital in Boston and Dr. Janet Currie of Columbia University in New York City said, “Because high birth weight predicts BMI (Body Mass Index) later in life, these findings suggest that excessive weight gain during pregnancy could raise the long-term risk of obesity-related disease in offspring.”

They added, “High birth weight might also increase risk of other diseases later in life, including asthma, atopy, and cancer.”

In a study that included more than a half-million mothers who had had more than one child, the researchers tracked the weight gain of both the pregnant woman and her baby one at a time. This allowed the research team to exclude genetics as the root cause of any maternal-offspring weight connection.

(Thanks to Bloomberg Businessweek and Tom Adriaenssen)