(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ATLANTA- More than one-third of women of reproductive age in the United States are considered overweight or obese. Tipping the scales before pregnancy increases a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes, which, in turn, increases the risk of maternal and fetal complications and type 2 diabetes after pregnancy. Minority women in particular are at greater risk for gestational diabetes because of genetic background (susceptibility or family history), and in addition to entering pregnancy heavier they often gain more weight than their white counterparts.
The preliminary results of a new study at Grady Memorial Hospital suggest a lifestyle intervention implemented in the early stages of pregnancy in this high-risk population could prevent excessive gestational weight gain and reverse this dangerous trend.
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