Obesity in pregnancy strongest predictor of large babies

Dr. Manny

A new study has shown that obesity during a mother’s pregnancy is a strong predictor of whether or not she will give birth to a large baby.

This is a topic I am very familiar with.  We have to do a better job of controlling weight during pregnancy. Women already start their pregnancies with very large BMIs.  That’s why the whole concept of gaining routine weight of 20 to 30 pounds is not the accepted standard anymore.

Nutrition is very important, not only for minimizing adverse effects on the newborn, but also for controlling other complications that can result from pregnancy such as hypertension and diabetes.

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