In a warning to the soon-to-be mothers, researchers have recommended healthy and nutritious food during pregnancy as excess weight and blood sugar may cause prone to childhood obesity babies. Overweight with high blood sugar affects the metabolism of the baby in the womb. Apart from this, pregnant women who are obese have less immunity and along with that, also puts immunity baby at risk .
“When women have high blood sugar and gaining excess weight during pregnancy, which seems to change baby’s metabolism to ‘mark’ baby childhood obesity,” claimed lead author Teresa study Hillier of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in the United States.
‘We are not yet sure of the exact mechanism of this change, but it seems the baby is adapting to a supercharged environment either from glucose or extra weight, “Hillier said in the work published in the journal Maternal and Child Health Journal.
the team analyzed more than 24,000 mothers who gave birth to babies of normal weight of 2.5 to four kilos at birth and is accessed from 1995 and 2003. the results indicated that the children of mothers who had high blood sugar during pregnancy are at increased risk of childhood obesity.
These children were 30 percent more likely to be overweight or obese between the ages of two and 10 compared with children whose mothers had sugar in normal blood. mothers who gained 18 kg or more during pregnancy were 15 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.
‘We have to intervene during pregnancy from mother to help her with nutritional and lifestyle changes that will result in healthy weight gain, sugar healthy blood and, ultimately, the children healthy, “said Hillier . Read :. Weight control during pregnancy can prevent obesity in children
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