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Gaining too much weight during pregnancy nearly doubles risk of having a heavy baby
Date:10/30/2008

s the maximum recommended pregnancy weight gain--- gave birth to heavy babies. In contrast, less than 12 percent of women with normal weight gain had heavy babies.

At greatest risk were the women who gained more than 40 pounds and also had gestational diabetes; nearly 30 percent of them had heavy babies. That risk was significantly reduced-- to only 13 percent-- when women with gestational diabetes gained less than 40 pounds.

"The take-home message is that all pregnant women need to watch their weight gain, and it is especially important for women who have risk factors like gestational diabetes." Dr. Hillier said.


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Contact: Kirsten Clausen
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213-438-8726
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
Source:Eurekalert

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