Dr. Andrea Maxim

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Mom’s Weight on Infant Birth Weight

Study: Mom's Weight May Have Larger Effect on Infant Birth Weight

Written by Dr. Andrea Maxim, ND   

Weight and Health Pregnancy

It is not just gestational diabetes that can increase a fetus’ birth weight. Maternal weight may have a greater impact on infant birth weight that blood glucose control.  Mothers with a larger Body Mass Index (BMI) before pregnancy and weight gain during pregnancy had an increased chance of having a infant with a heavier birth weight.  In fact, every 1kg increase in mom’s weight during pregnancy, without a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, increased the chances by 10-18%.  Women bearing children with large-for-gestational-weight infants are also more likely to have a C-section.

Another interesting correlation found that Asian ethnicity versus caucausian, and those mothers with a history of smoking gave birth to larger babies.

While gestational diabetes is certainly an issue, this study found that impaired glucose control had a modest relation to birth weight compared to pre-pregnancy BMI, weight gain during pregnancy and increased leptin and C-reactive protein, commonly found with increased adiposity.

Those moms that practice a calorie-controlled diet and can control their weight gain may have an easier pregnancy and labour.  Always remember: Healthy Mom's will have Healthy Babies! 

Please read the following article" "Losing Weight May Improve Fertility" if conception may also be posing a problem.

If you would like to learn more about how to prevent diabetes and get your health back on track, please do not please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Maxim TODAY and start MAXIMizing on your Fitness Goals in order to MAXIMize on your Health!

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