Early Pregnancy Weight Gains Mean Big, Fat Babies
When your body is growing another human being, it goes without saying you gain weight and it won’t be “all baby”. New research from a Canadian university shows that how you gain weight during your pregnancy is just as important as how many pounds you put on. Gaining too much weight early in pregnancy means you might have an enormous baby like this one.
Researchers at the University of Alberta studied 172 expecting mothers. Fifty-two percent of those women gained “excessive weight” during their pregnancy. Those moms who put on too much weight during the first half of their pregnancy gave birth to babies who were longer, heavier babies with more body fat than women who gained most of their weight in the second half.
It’s high time moms stop saying they’re eating for two. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy comes with all kinds of risks, like hypertension or needing C-section, forceps or a vacuum to deliver your baby. That doesn’t mean you need to ignore your every craving, but watch what you eat and exercise during pregnancy. Check out a prenatal yoga class, try swimming or even running. Your baby will thank you for it.