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Study: Obesity In Pregnant Women Affects Child Development Years Later

A new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health cites obesity in pregnant women as a factor in child development problems, particularly in young boys. Whether you are considering getting pregnant or are simply want to continue your weight loss education as part of taking Phentermine 37.5mg, take a moment to learn about this study published in BMC Pediatrics.

Lacking Motor Skills & A Lower IQ

Researchers studied 368 mothers and their children, both during pregnancy and when the children were between 3 and 7 years old. Participants came from similar backgrounds and economic circumstances. The study found a strong connection between maternal obesity and low motor skill ability in boys at age 3. Those same boys were studied again at age 7 and were found to score five points or lower on IQ tests. These effects were not found in girls.

“What’s striking is, even using different age-appropriate developmental assessments, we found these associations in both early and middle childhood, meaning these effects persist over time,” said Elizabeth Widen, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at UT Austin and a co-author. “These findings aren’t meant to shame or scare anyone. We are just beginning to understand some of these interactions between mothers’ weight and the health of their babies.”

Diet & Cognitive Development

While more research is needed to determine why obesity in pregnancy causes development problems in boys, the study’s authors have found connections between the mothers’ diet and their offspring’s cognitive development. For example, women who consumed more essential fatty acids in fish had children with higher IQs. Conversely, fetal development can be affected by extra weight, metabolic stress, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and high amounts of glucose and insulin.

Researchers encourage overweight and obese pregnant women to exercise, take prenatal vitamins, and make healthy, balanced diet choices that include lots of fruits, fatty acids, and vegetables to offset development issues.

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