Study: pregnant women's weight could determine obesity in baby

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Study: pregnant women's weight could determine obesity in baby

August 14, 2012 Updated Aug 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM CDT

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A mother's weight is a strong indicator of whether their baby will be overweight or obese.

A new study of 10,000 pregnant women by researchers at Kaiser Permanente finds overweight and obese women are significantly more likely to deliver babies who have a birth weight above the nineteenth percentile.

Experts say this is concerning because children who start out overweight are more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

They say women should try to reach a healthy weight before getting pregnant and not gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy.

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