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19 May 2011

Pregnancy kilos can lead to obesity

Gaining more than the recommended weight during pregnancy can put women at increased risk of becoming obese and developing related health problems.

Gaining more than the recommended weight during pregnancy can put women at increased risk of becoming obese and developing related health problems, including high blood pressure, later in life.

Women who were underweight or within the normal range before pregnancy had average weight gains of 12.7kg and 12.9kg respectively, well within the respective recommended ranges of 12.5-18kg and 11.5-16kg, but women who were overweight gained on average 11.9kg, and obese women gained 10.1kg, both well over the recommended 7-11.5kg and 5-9kg, respectively.

 
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