We know that it is important for women to be fit and within the recommended weight brackets during pregnancy for their own good health.

Now it seems that obesity during pregnancy is dangerous even for the child later in life.

A study has found that maternal obesity places pressure on a baby in utero and causes certain cellular programming to occur.obese pregnant

This programming makes the child more susceptible to diseases caused by inflammation such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Type 2 diabetes etc.

Though the study we’re speaking about here was conducted on rats, there are lessons that we ourselves can take from it:  women are aware that their diet impacts their own lives, good health and wellbeing; now it would appear that it does the same for their children as well; which is perhaps even more incentive to eat right and exercise; to make the lifestyle changes required to get fit.