A study just published in the journal Circulation, has found that a mother’s pre-pregnancy weight and their weight gain during pregnancy both affect their child’s future risk of weight and metabolic health problems by the time they reach early adulthood.
The study of 1400 young adults born in Jerusalem, and followed from birth to 32 years of age, found that body mass index (BMI); waist circumference, blood pressure, insulin levels, triglycerides (blood fats) and ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels were worse at age 32 in those whose mothers were more overweight prior to conception, independent of their pregnancy weight gain. Similarly, the children of mothers who gained the most weight during pregnancy were more likely to be overweight, have a higher waist measurement and have high triglycerides at age 32.
These findings add to a growing body of evidence showing that a mothers weight prior to and during pregnancy may influence their child’s long term health. Read more about the study here.