Excess maternal weight gain during pregnancy is associated with overweight/obesity in offspring at age 16 years, but maternal pre-pregnancy obesity has a greater effect
- Endocrinology Unit, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, Queen's Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh UK
- Correspondence to: Dr Rebecca M Reynolds
Endocrinology Unit, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, Queen's Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK;
Implications for practice and research
Children of mothers who are obese prior to pregnancy, and/or gain excessive weight in early pregnancy, carry increased risk for obesity in adolescence.
Obese women of childbearing age should be actively supported to achieve lifestyle modification prior to conception or in early pregnancy.
Research is needed to identify strategies for optimal gestational weight gain (GWG) and lifestyle modification before and during pregnancy.
Studies need to identify women at highest risk of excess GWG plus potential benefits of intense dietary and lifestyle counselling.
In the last two decades, UK rates of obesity …