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Risks: Extra Pregnancy Weight Tied to Big Baby

This article, from the New York Times focuses on a new study, published in the November issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology that found that women who gain more than 40 lbs during pregnancy are about twice as likely to give birth to a heavy baby as those who gain less.

Women who have "heavy" babies, those weighing more than nine pounds, are at a higher risk for birth complications and those babies are more likely become overweight or obese later in life.

The article also mentions that women with gestational diabetes are more likely to have heavier babies, but points out that this study's findings also applied to women who were not diabetic.


This is very true. I've been working on a project analyzing the high cesarean rate in the U.S. and have spoken with a few providers that discussed obesity as a factor driving this issue.

Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can be very dangerous (preeclampsia, diabetes, etc.). It's funny how often you hear women say "well, I'm eating for two!" The reality is that you only need approximately 300 additional calories daily when you're pregnant.

So interesting... so true about that "eating for 2" cliche. Of course, women need extra nutrition when pregnant, but this brings up such a good point to also be conscious of weight gain- realizing that it may negatively affect the health of the baby.

Thanks for posting this!