More the pre – baby weight – higher the obesity risk

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Mother’s tend to concentrate more on weight gain during pregnancy and so it is important to tell them to keep it in control

Turns out, your pre-pregnancy weight determines a lot more than the size of the maternity jeans you’ll be wearing.Specific messaging and resources are needed to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy for young mothers, a new study suggested.

Weight gain during pregnancy is an issue every pregnant woman faces. After pregnancy, new research showed that for young mothers, BMI and ethnicity might signal likelihood for obesity later in life.

After analyzing the medical records of more than 1,000 women who gave birth between the ages of 15 and 24, investigators from the University of Michigan concluded that physicians caring for adolescent women should use BMI before pregnancy as a strong predictor of whether a young mother will gain too much weight during pregnancy, a risk factor for later obesity. They also found that Hispanic women were less likely than non-Hispanic women to gain too much weight during pregnancy.

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