EDMONTON – Weight gain early in pregnancy means bigger, fatter babies, says new University of Alberta research.
And that is not a good thing, warn researchers.
Women who gain too much weight early into their pregnancy are nearly three times as likely to give birth to bigger and fatter babies, says lead author Margie Davenport, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the U of A.
The study of 172 expectant mothers found that women who gained excessive weight during the first half of pregnancy gave birth to heavier and longer babies with more body fat than babies of women who either did not gain as much weight or put it on later in their pregnancy.
The results underscore the need to educate expectant mothers about the dangers of early weight gain during pregnancy, said Davenport.
The research also underscores the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, she said.