ABC: Obese and Pregnant: Dieting Safe for Mom, Baby
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At a time when women are "eating for two," dieting can safely lower the health risks of obesity during pregnancy, according to a new study.
British researchers reviewed data from 44 trials involving 7,278 women to determine the safety and effectiveness of weight management programs during pregnancy. Not only did the moms-to-be gain less weight, they also lowered their risk of dangerous complications.
"Dietary interventions were most effective in reducing complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, and preterm delivery," the researchers wrote in their report, published Thursday in BMJ.
Babies benefitted, too, as they were less likely to get stuck in the birth canal despite no difference in birth weight.
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