University of Alberta Assistant Professor, Margie Davenport, found that women who gained too much weight during the first half of their pregnancy were almost three times as likely to give birth to babies with excessive body fat. The study followed 172 pregnant women living in London, Ontario between 1995 and 2011. The research has valuable implications for expectant mothers, and highlights the dangers of gaining excessive weight during pregnancy. Davenport cautions, "Expectant mothers and health professionals need to be aware of pregnancy weight-gain guidelines and follow them to build a foundation for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby."
Read more here: http://news.ualberta.ca/newsarticles/2013/july/weight-gain-early-in-pregnancy-means-bigger-fatter-babies
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