Maternal behaviors during pregnancy impact offspring obesity risk
Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects
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AbstractThis study investigated the effects of maternal changes during pregnancy in diet, exercise, and psychosocial factors on offspring weight parameters at birth and 6 months. In overweight/obese (OW/OB; n = 132) mothers, greater % kcal from sweets early in pregnancy was the strongest, independent predictor of higher weight for age (WFA) (beta = 0. 19; P = 0. 004), higher odds of macrosomia (OR = 1.1 (1.01.2); P = 0. 004) andWFA 90th percentile at birth (OR = 1.2 (1.11.3); P = 0. 002) and higher WFA at 6 months (beta = 0. 30; P = 0. 002). In normal weight (n = 153) mothers, higher intake of soft drinks was the strongest predictor of higher offspring WFA at birth (beta = 0.16; P = 0. 04) but not at 6 months. Prenatal physical activity, depressive symptoms, and sleep-related variables did not significantly predict offspring weight outcomes. Mothers eating behaviors during pregnancy, especially intake of sweets in OW/OB mothers, may have a lasting effect on child weight. Copyright © 2011 Suzanne Phelan et al.
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