If you're overweight or obese and considering getting pregnant, your doctor may have warned you of all the ways you could be putting your future baby at risk because of your weight. For example, the Mayo Clinic states that women who are obese are more likely to experience a miscarriage or stillbirth than women who are a healthy weight. Now, a study conducted by researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found that if you're obese, you may not just be putting your children at risk - but your grandchildren as well.
The researchers found that obese women seem to have an impact on the birth rate and risk of diabetes of their grandchildren, even if their own children appear to be unaffected by their mothers' obesity.
"Given the worldwide increase in obesity, it is vital that we gain an understanding of how future generations may be affected. Future studies could look at these trends in humans, but they would need to take into account genetics, environmental, social and cultural factors," said researcher Amanda Drake, M.D.
These findings should provide you with even more reasons to shed pounds before you get pregnant. This may not only improve your health and that of your baby, but it could also help you feel more comfortable during your pregnancy, since you won't be putting so much weight on your joints. Talk to your doctor about ways to lose weight, and look into improving your eating and exercise habits by joining a gym and eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Losing weight may improve your chance of conceiving as well.
Did you lose weight before having your baby? What did you do to shed pounds safely before conceiving? Leave your tips here for other future mothers!