Early Weight Gain In Pregnant Women Correlates With Childhood Obesity

Early Weight Gain In Pregnant Women Correlates With Childhood Obesity

According to a study published about obesity, weight gain during early pregnancy has the greatest impact on child size at birth—this study is the largest ever analysis. The study, which took place in Tianjin, China, examined 16,218 pregnant mothers to determine the risk of infant size at birth based on weight gain during the first, second, and third trimesters. Results found that early weight gain in pregnancy, before 24 weeks, had the greatest impact on infant size. A child born to women who exceeded the 2009 Institute of Medicine guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy were 2.5 times more likely to be large.

A few studies have examined in-depth gestational weight gain with childbirth support weight and childhood obesity; although weight gain in pregnancy and maternal obesity have been strongly linked to overweight children and the development of obesity in children. Leanne M. Ph.D., FTOS, an associate professor and director of the Women’s Health & Reproductive Endocrinology Lab at LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center said that obstetricians need to start educating patients who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant on the development of childhood obesity and the implications of weight gain in pregnancy.

Women who are planning to get pregnant or who are pregnant should understand the impact that weight gain has on both long-term and short-term health risks for their unborn baby. Pregnancy is the time to initiate lifestyle changes in women because the early stage of gestation could have the strongest influence on the development of increased adiposity in the child. TOS spokesperson Suzanne Phelan, professor of kinesiology, says that international clinicians, pediatricians, and clinical researchers should care about this research and find answers to the healthy weight gain in early gestation.

Cheryce L. Harrison, Ph.D. discusses pregnancy weight gain and its relationship with infant birth weight in an accompanying editorial published; she agreed with the recent obesity study. Dr. Harrison further said these outcomes validate the previous journal in smaller cohorts while advancing this field of study in one of the biggest, most clearly defined mother-infant cohorts.

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