Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Wrangling with Diet, Exercise, and Weight Gain in Pregnancy

July 5, 2022 — It would be hard to find a sharper contrast of scientific views. On one hand, weight gain during pregnancy “is not modifiable via diet and lifestyle change,” write Jodie Dodd and colleagues. But then again, Helena Teede and colleagues found “level 1 evidence” that diet and physical activity interventions help with less excessive weight gain […]

The Doubling of Gestational Diabetes

April 13, 2022 — In his last 15 years of medical practice, Mark Landon has seen a doubling in cases of gestational diabetes. Landon is the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Research published in JAMA tells us that this is not an isolated phenomenon in Ohio. In fact, between 2011 and […]

Sweeteners, Rats, and Babies

January 25, 2022 — Some people really don’t like low calorie sweeteners. So once again we have a wave of fear-mongering headlines. This time, they’re suggesting that pregnant women who consume these sweeteners may harm their babies. The proposed harm is a change in the baby’s microbiome and a higher risk of obesity. The evidence? A study of rats […]

Better Pregnancy Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery?

August 7, 2021 — Obesity can be very real problem for women who want to have a baby. First of all, it can interfere with getting pregnant. Even when pregnancy becomes a reality, obesity can lead to problems. Preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, postpartum hemorrhage, cesarean delivery, excess fetal growth, stillbirth, congenital anomalies, and neonatal death are all more frequent issues […]

When Pregnancy, Diabetes, and Stigma Intersect

July 22, 2021 — “I remember just breaking down into tears,” says Safeera Hussainy about her diagnosis of gestational diabetes. This pharmacist and women’s health researcher from Melbourne eventually found empowerment. But new research suggests that this is not the usual case when pregnancy, diabetes, and stigma intersect. Weight stigma itself – even more than BMI – seems to […]

Fewer Birth Defects After Bypass Surgery

October 18, 2019 — A new study in JAMA will be quite important for thinking about pregnancy and severe obesity. That’s because pregnancies for women with severe obesity carry a high risk for complications. Birth defects are more common with obesity. They’re also more common with poor glucose control that’s more likely when a pregnant woman has obesity. But […]

Weight Stigma Even in Pregnancy? Really?

February 27, 2019 — Honestly, this one is hard to wrap our heads around. A new study in Health Psychology tells us that weight stigma during pregnancy and right after birth may be increasing the risk of depression, excess weight gain, and weight retention. Angela Incollingo Rodriguez was lead author on the study. Prospective Observations This prospective observational study […]

Missing the Mark in Gestational Diabetes?

January 11, 2019 — Gestational diabetes (GDM) is one of the most common complications of pregnancy. And it can be serious. As obesity rates are growing, so too is GDM’s prevalence. But new research suggests that we’re missing the mark with the first-line strategy for preventing GDM. A new study from Pennington Biomedical found that diet and exercise prescriptions […]

Do Guidelines Promote Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy?

June 7, 2018 — Weight gain is a key feature of a normal, healthy pregnancy. But it’s also a tricky subject that comes back to the core question of what’s normal and healthy. Good nutrition is important for both mother and child. Too little or too much weight gain can bring problems. Two new studies shed some light on […]

Childbirth: Coincidence or Cause for Obesity?

April 26, 2018 — It’s one of those deeply entrenched beliefs. Having a baby can be a trigger for weight gain that’s seemingly impossible to shed. But it begs a question. Does having children increase the risk of obesity for a woman? A new study published in Obesity this week suggests that the answer is no. No Association Between […]