High glycaemic load diet leads to greater post-pregnancy weight retention

A new study has highlighted the importance of carbohydrate quality and quantity in the diet when it comes to pregnancy.

Researchers studied 47 000 women from the Danish National Birth Cohort, collecting data on gestational and lifestyle factors in pregnancy and for 18 months post-partum.   They found that compared to those with the lowest glycaemic load (GL) diets, the women whose diets had the highest GL were 14% more likely to have a baby who was large for gestational age.   Normal-weight and overweight women with the highest GL diets gained weight at a faster rate, and women who were obese before pregnancy were the most likely to retain more weight following pregnancy. Read the study abstract here.

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