Eating for two during pregnancy: the latest research

Should you diet if you’re pregnant? – 27 May 2012 in the Guardian by Luisa Dillner

This is an interesting article from the Guardian. It talks about a new piece of research in the BMJ that shows that those who watched their weight were 3.84kg lighter and had fewer complications (such as premature birth and pre-eclampsia) than those who didn’t.

This certainly doesn’t mean women should diet and cut calories during pregnancy, but it does mean that there is no need to consume lots more extra calories, particularly during early pregnancy.

Previous studies have also shown that women who are already overweight or who become obese in pregnancy, risk complications not just at birth (including a higher rate of caesarean section, blood loss and infections afterwards) but as their children become adults.

A study looking at the link between mothers’ weight gain and the weight of their children found that decades later their children were more likely to be obese if their mothers had been so during pregnancy.

Yet more evidence that staying fit and healthy during pregnancy is beneficial for mum and baby.

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