• Preeti Bansal Kshirsagar

Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can lead to childhood allergies

Researchers in China studied 15,145 mother-child pairs and found that excessive gestational weight gain was linked to a higher risk of eczema, allergic rhinitis, and asthma or wheezing in children and that gestational weight gain extremely above the Institute of Medicine guideline in mothers who had pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity was linked to the highest risk for those conditions. The findings in JAMA Network Open also showed that gestational weight gain below the Institute of Medicine guideline was linked to a lower risk for childhood food or drug allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis, and asthma or wheezing in mothers with normal pre-pregnancy weight.

Full Story: Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News



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