Two new reasons why you should lose that extra weight before becoming pregnant have recently surfaced. One new study released...
Two new reasons why you should lose that extra weight before becoming pregnant have recently surfaced. One new study released early this month notes that women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with congenital heart defects. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted this study and found that women who are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy were 18% more likely to have a baby with a heart defects and severely obese women had a 30% increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect. The types of heart defects the study looked at included right side obstructive defects and defects in the heart tissue. One of the experts helping with the study noted that heart defects in babies, "Are a leading cause of illness, death and medical expenditures." Need another good reason to lose the weight? A different CDC study, also released this month, found that obese women who gain more than 15 pounds during pregnancy tend to retain much of it long after delivery as opposed to dropping those pounds after the birth. The study found that most women (70%) were gaining much more than recommended by their health care providers and then by a year later these women were still hanging on to about 40% of that increased weight gain. What to do... Before you become pregnant work with your health care provider closely if you need to drop some weight. Study after study throughout the years has shown that average sized women (the correct weight for their height) fare better in pregnancy and birth than women who are overweight or too thin. The healthiest start for your baby (and you) is to leap into pregnancy at a healthy weight.

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