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Pregnancy weight warning

27th July 2007

Scientists say that women whose weight fluctuates in between pregnancies risk causing harm to their babies.

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Researchers in Dublin said changes in weight increase a pregnant woman's danger of seriously high blood pressure and diabetes. It can also add to the risk of stillbirth.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal. Its authors said pregnancy was "one of the most nutritionally demanding periods of a woman's life with an adequate supply of nutrients essential to support foetal wellbeing and growth."

The authors said that women should be aware of the "implications of their weight" in relation to pregnancy and their baby's health.

They cautioned against the conflicting messages many women receive about weight and body image, making reference to the "epidemic of obesity" and the "size zero" culture.

The study warns that women have an "increased risk of different but equally serious adverse pregnancy outcomes" if their weight fluctuated between pregnancies.

The scientists used a Swedish study of 207,534 women, which showed that women who gained weight between their pregnancies had a strong link to serious complications.

Another study showed women who lost a significant amount of weight between pregnancies had an increased danger of having their babies prematurely.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said that women should try to attain a "normal" weight before their next pregnancy. He said the study showed that women could also go too far in trying to attain a low weight.

He called for young girls to be informed about why they should maintain a healthy weight.


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charles linskaill

Friday 27th July 2007 @ 23:21

Let Mums-to-be get on with it! At the end of the day, she knows best. A little info is OK for before and after, but lets not give Mums the 10th Degree; she has more on her plate to deal with, and that's NOT FOOD!


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