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Pregnancy Weight Gain, Especially in 1st Trimester, May Increase a Woman's Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Date:2/22/2010

her published Kaiser Permanente study of 10,000 mother-child pairs showed that treating gestational diabetes during pregnancy can break the link between gestational diabetes and childhood obesity. That study showed, for the first time, that by treating women with gestational diabetes, the child's risk of becoming obese years later is significantly reduced.

The study follows other research at Kaiser Permanente regarding healthy weight gain during pregnancy. A recent published Kaiser Permanente study found that obese women who gain more than the recommended amount during pregnancy are much more likely to retain a portion of that weight one year after they give birth. Another published Kaiser Permanente study of 40,000 mother and baby pairs found that women who gained more than 40 pounds during their pregnancies were nearly twice as likely to have a heavy baby.

Assiamira Ferrara, MD, PhD, a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., is the senior investigator on this study. Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, also with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, is an investigator on this study.

The Institute of Medicine guidelines on pregnancy weight gain can be found here:


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