ABC News' Dr. Justin Larkin reports: As if pregnant women didn't have enough to worry about.
New research suggests women who gain more or less weight than recommended during pregnancy give birth to kids with an increased risk of childhood obesity.
Researchers found that normal-weight women who gained more weight than recommended had children who were 80 percent more likely to become obese. On the other side, normal-weight women who fell short of the recommended weight-gain guidelines were 63 percent more likely to have had a child who will eventually become overweight or obese, according to the study published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Call it the "Goldilocks effect" in pregnancy weight gain. And while research is uncovering numerous factors that can influence the risk of childhood obesity, the results of this new study suggest that weight gain during pregnancy is an important factor.
Indeed, while only 14 percent of children born to womenRead More »from Pregnancy Weight Has 'Goldilocks Effect' on Baby's Obesity Risk