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Studies find pregnant women gaining too much weight are putting health & health of babies at risk


POSTED: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 10:34am

Carrying her second son was harder than her first.

But thirty year old Bay Duong Wright says what lies ahead is even more daunting.

She's trying to shed more than fifty pounds that she gain during her second pregnancy.

"It was like 'Oh I have to have that pizza.' And you don't even care if it's two hour away. You'll go and drive two hours away or make your husband go get it," exclaimed Wright.

Twenty-eight year old Sapna Protheroe is twenty-eight weeks alone and a self described health nut.

"All of the sudden it felt like I grew over night," said Protheroe.

She says her family exercises an Indian tradition making sure the mom to be is always full and then some.

"I think it's a nine month celebration that maybe goes to far," stated Dr. John Morton, Stanford Bariatric Center.

The trend is rising with all women in the U.S.

The latest numbers from CDC show one out of every five pregnant women is now obese.

"Gaining about fifty or sixty pounds when the recommend weight gain is only fifteen to twenty pounds," added Dr. Morton.

He adds women should only be adding three hundred extra calories a day.

"When you carry extra weight that predisposes you to developing diabetes," explained Dr. Morton.  

And lead to giving birth early which can lead to a c-section, as well as high blood pressure, and the consequences go well beyond mom.

"Moms end up having big babies and when you have a bigger baby that baby is at future risk for becoming obese."

To maintain a healthy weight Dr. Morton suggests breast feeding, moderate exercise and networking with other expectant moms.

Stephanie Chuang reporting.

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