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Increased Weight Gain During Pregnancy Can Cause Asthma Risk In Baby

Posted May 25 2009 12:00am

We’ve discussed the dangers of a large weight gain during pregnancy recently but here is another concern. A Mom-to-be’s weight may have lasting effects not just on her own health but on the respiratory health of her children as well. This study looked at whether a mother’s weight before pregnancy could affect a child’s risk for asthma. The study at the National Institute of Public Health and Environment in the Netherlands. included nearly 4,000 children, who were followed from birth to 8 years of age. The Mom’s had a BMI over 25 and were characterized as either overweight or obese before pregnancy. It was determined that children with asthmatic parents are at an increased risk of asthma if the mother is overweight before pregnancy. The risk of asthma is 65 percent higher among the offspring of overweight mothers if one or both of the child’s parents have a history of the disease. As many as 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, about 9 million of them children, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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