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Why "Eating For Two" Could Harm You And Your Baby    

Dealing with the pressures of physical appearance can be quite difficult. Add pregnancy to the mix and it takes it to another level!

Is Kim Kardashian too fat? Is Kate Middleton too skinny? Every woman is different, and at the end of the day, moms should gain just the right amount of weight… not too little and not too much.

Aside from physical appearance, "gaining too much weight during pregnancy can seriously compromise the health of mother and child and the consequences can last a lifetime for both," says Mark Banschick, M.D., psychiatrist and child advocate

"Childhood obesity could well begin in the baby's first home -- the womb," says Banschick.

If you are starting at a normal BMI (18.5 to 24.5), which is a measure of your weight controlled by your height, then you should gain no more than one pound per week. That would come up to 28-40 pounds gained in total.

Eating for two is most definitely a myth, this is not the time to indulge in fatty foods.

Banschick explains some scary statistics:

1. Mothers gaining more weight during pregnancy than they optimally should had children that were four times more likely to be overweight by the age of three.

2. Eight out of 10 of obese children will become obese adults.

3. Even more disconcerting, children with mothers who gained more weight than usual also had higher blood pressure. This carried beyond childhood and into adulthood.

4. There are consequences for the mother, too. For each excess pound that she gains, the more likely she'll carry that weight for the rest of her life. Helping women have healthier pregnancies may be the invisible lever to halt obesity before it even starts.

A good way to think about pregnancy is a healthier future for you, and a healthy start for your child.

Posted by Natalie Lavoy-Furtado
2013-06-06, 11:32:34

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