If women are over-weight before expecting or gain a lot of weight while pregnant, it can affect the child’s chance for obesity and other related problems.
Every 2 pounds of excess weight before pregnancy raised the risk for childhood obesity by 4 and a half percent. Children of women who gained excessive weight during pregnancy were 50-percent more likely to be obese.
Experts say simple steps before conception can make a big difference.
For women who are already struggling with excessive extra weight, a standard weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy is too much – 5 to 10 pounds is more appropriate.
But as always, it’s best to talk with your healthcare provider about what is right for you.