Osteoporosis

Updated 24 January 2008

Weekly tip – Healthy baby, healthy bones

Birth weight can predict future bone health. Researcher indicates people who had a lower weight at birth and during childhood tended to have more hip fractures in later life.

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Birth weight can predict future bone health. Research has indicated that people who had a lower weight at birth and during early childhood tended to have more hip fractures in later life. This should give pregnant women all the more reason to do their best to ensure the healthy development of their unborn children.

Take action:
Make sure you follow a healthy, balanced eating plan before and during your entire pregnancy; quit smoking if you're planning to fall pregnant; steer clear of alcohol during your pregnancy; plan your pregnancies carefully – pregnancies spaced less than 18 months or more than 59 months apart carry a higher risk of low birth weight; if you're still in adolescence, avoid falling pregnant – research has showed that teen pregnancy can increase the risk for low birth weight.

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Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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