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.
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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