Weight before pregnancy and weight gain during pregnancy affect child’s future metabolic health

A recent study has found that young adults whose mothers were heavier before pregnancy and who gained more weight during pregnancy are at higher risk of metabolic problems in early adulthood.

The study of 1400 young adults who were followed-up at 32 years of age found that the children of mothers who were more overweight before pregnancy were more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels and lower levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.  The children of mothers who gained the most weight during pregnancy were also more likely to have a higher BMI and waist measurement.

These findings add to the growing body of evidence for the impact of a mother’s weight and gestational weight gain on the future health of her child. Read more about the study here.

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