Obese mothers pass on risk to their babies

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New known fact: Children of obese women died earlier and had more heart problems later in life than those of normal weight mothers.

The offspring’s risk of death from any cause was 35% higher than individuals born to normal weight mothers.  This was even AFTER adjustment for demographics, gestational (during pregnancy) and socioeconomic factors.

This study of 37,000 newborns born from 1950 to 1976 suggests that interventions for obese mothers should start BEFORE pregnancy.  One of the researchers postulated that there are probably two reasons for this: both intrauterine metabolic programming (while still inside mother while the fetus is forming) and postnatal environment (exercise/diet patterns in the home after birth).

There are lots of health benefits, both physical and mental, for maintaining a healthy weight.  Consider losing weight to be within a BMI of 20-25 before conception.

BMI calculator link.  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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