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Childhood Obesity Linked with Mother's Weight

Posted Apr 01 2009 3:48pm
I recently came across an article in the Pediatrics journal 2005 that is worth revisiting. The most important fact noted by the research is th following: "The results showed a significant relationship between the mother's pre-pregnancy weight and the weight of her child. The greatest determinant of a child's weight was the mother's weight during the one to two month period immediately prior to her pregnancy. If a woman's BMI placed her in the overweight category prior to her pregnancy, her child was three times more likely to be overweight by the age of seven than the children whose mother was normal weight." So, it is very important prior to pregnancy to get to within a normal BMI level and maintain it especially right before you are considering pregnancy; this is not only to your benefit as a mother-to-be, but even more important is gift if health that you can give to your baby even before he or she is born... priceless!
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