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Normalize Your Weight Before Pregnancy

Researchers in Scotland report that when after reviewing the health records of over 37,000 people born since 1950, they found that those people whose mothers had been obese at their first prenatal checkup tended to die prematurely from various causes, compared to the children born to normal weight mothers. The increased risk was about 30%, from various causes including cardiovascular events, and existed regardless of whether the offspring were overweight as newborns.

It’s not uncommon for overweight women to feel comforted about little or no weight gain during pregnancy, but it’s not enough of a comfort when you think of the child’s future.