Study suggests pregnant women do not need to "eat for two" - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/10

New study suggests pregnant women really do not need to "eat for two"

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study indicates there's a good reason for women to keep weight gain under control during the first three months of pregnancy.  In a new Kaiser study, researchers found the number of pounds a pregnant woman adds in that first trimester may play a role in the health of mother and the baby later.

"The concern is that if you gain more than half a pound a week, or actually .6 pounds per week, in the first trimester that will increase the risk of gestational diabetes to about 80%," said Dr. Susan Smarr, MD, OB-GYN.

Researchers know now that gestational diabetes can increase the mother's risk later of developing diabetes, but also it can put more pounds on the baby, which increases the baby's risk of developing diabetes and obesity later in life.  So, even though everyone says that the mother to be is eating for two, the thinking now is that expectant mothers really only need an extra 300-calories per day, which is not very much.

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