Lots of women worry about losing the “baby weight” after pregnancy. But what many don’t know is that excess weight before and during pregnancy can lead to heavier kids.
A recent study found that obese women or those who gain excessive weight while pregnant are more likely to have children who are overweight at age two. Heading this off should begin before pregnancy, says Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Madisonville nurse midwife Lysbeth Franco.
She recommends women who are considering becoming pregnant start an exercise routine. Walking three times a week for an hour at a time is a great start. Prospective mothers also can begin improving their eating habits and decreasing their fast food consumption, Franco added, saying “those things should be done prior to planning a pregnancy.”
The study also found that breastfeeding for at least six months helped reduce the chances of a child being overweight.
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