Too much pregnancy weight gain can increase the risk of heart disease for children, showing signs as early as age 9! This news come from a study published in Circulation by the University of Bristol, which claims that the risk of heart disease increased with any weight gain during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and any weight gain over 1.1 lbs. per week between 14 to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Is it reasonable to expect pregnant women to watch their weight so carefully?
Carolyn at Babble has a good analysis of the report.
WebMD reports that “the reason why these kids have a high heart risk by 9 years of age is their fat mass. But exactly why children tend to be fat if their mothers gain too much weight during pregnancy isn’t clear.” It seems pretty obvious, right? The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Your baby eats what you eat, so if you’re eating a lot of fatty foods, your fetus is, too.