When material weight gain during pregnancy was analyzed in over 42,000 women and more than 91,000 of their children, researchers found every kilogram gained was associated with a significant risk of the child being overweight or obese through 12 years old. This data suggest overnutrition during pregnancy may program the unborn for an increased lifetime risk of obesity. Caution: inadequate weight gain also negatively affects the developing fetus.
PositiveTip: Balance is a principle of healthful living. In most things, too little or too much can be harmful.