More Pregnancy Weight Causes Big Babies
Women who gain more than 40 pounds during pregnancy are about twice as likely to give birth to a heavy baby as those who gain less, according to a new study.
Mothers of babies who weigh more than about nine pounds at birth are at greater risk for birth complications, the New York Times reported.
The study shows, heavy babies are more likely to be overweight or obese later in life. Mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to have large babies.
The study used data from 41,540 births from 1995 to 2003. Women who were not diabetic, 19 percent of those who gained more than 40 pounds had large babies, compared with 11 percent of those who gained less.
Nondiabetic women who put on more than 40 pounds were more likely to have a large baby than women treated for diabetes who gained less, according to the study.
Sources: The New York Times