A high carb intake during pregnancy associated with childhood obesity

Pregnant woman enjoying of eating chocolate

Not great?

Eating plenty of carbs and sugar during pregnancy might put your child at greater risk of becoming obese in the future, according to a new observational study:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Associations of Maternal Macronutrient Intake During Pregnancy with Infant BMI Peak Characteristics and Childhood BMI

This study doesn’t prove cause and effect, since it is merely based on statistical correlations. But it’s still interesting. Note that the amounts of protein and fat that women ate during pregnancy were not associated with markers of future childhood obesity.

So if you want to err on the safe side, I’d recommend a diet based on real food, and low in sugar and refined carbohydrates.


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  1. Holly
    I wonder if it is because a lot of people don't change their diet, therefore their kids also eat the same diet? I was a heavy carb eater when I was pregnant. My son was a large baby, but he is normal weight now (he's 15). My assumption is because I switched to low carb for the whole family when he was about 5 years old.

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