Washington: Women who are overweight during pregnancy tend to have much heavier babies than their peers who are normal weight, a new study has revealed.Among pregnant women who did not develop gestational diabetes, overweight women were 65 percent more likely, and obese women 163 percent more likely, to have overly large babies than their healthy weight counterparts.In this study, an overly large infant was identified based on having a birth weight over the 90th percentile for their gestational age at delivery and gender. Gaining excess weight during pregnancy also contributed to having a large for gestational age baby, regardless of maternal weight or whether she developed gestational diabetes.This Kaiser Permanente study of nearly 10,000 pregnant women from Kaiser Permanente Southern California examined adverse outcomes among women with and without gestational diabetes as defined by the recently established International Association of Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Groups guidelines.Overly large babies are at increased risk for birth complications and for being overweight or obese later in life.
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