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Excessive weight gain during pregnancy puts babies at risk

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Pregnant women who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy may be putting their baby at risk of obesity, according to new research.

Women who “eat for two” are more likely to give birth to an overweight baby, which may increase the baby’s risk of developing asthma, or even cancer, in later life.

The research, which was reported in The Lancet medical journal, suggests that eating too much when pregnant, and gaining weight as a result, may be enough to put the baby at risk.

Dr David Ludwig, one of the US authors of the study, said: “These findings have important implications to general public health.It’s appropriate for a baby to be born with some fat, but a baby born too fat indicates that the foetus developed in an abnormal environment during the most critical nine months of life.”

Women who over-eat during their pregnancy may be setting their child up for a lifetime struggle with their weight, as heavy infants are known to be at a higher risk of obesity in their later years.

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