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01 March 2011

Stress makes new moms gain weight

The stress of parenthood can lead new moms to forego physical activity and gain weight, researchers report. And those with higher BMIs developed more signs of depression.

The stress of parenthood can lead new moms to forego physical activity and gain weight, researchers report. The Georgia Health Sciences University team checked the body-mass index (BMI) of 60 first-time mothers who were asked about their levels of stress and physical activity.

"We think women are socialising with their friends, not isolating themselves, but they are doing sedentary things like talking on the phone, watching television or hanging out at home, instead of taking their babies on a walk together," Young-Hyman said.

 
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