Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Newborn baby in a weight scaleOver the past decade, research has shown the importance of maintaining a healthy weight through pregnancy. In particular, woman who put on too much weight while pregnant risk developing and having overly large babies and these babies are also at risk of being overweight later in life. 1

Research has also shown the following factors influence future weight:

  • Babies who put on weight very quickly in the weeks and months after birth are also at risk of being overweight later in life. 1
  • Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of the infant becoming an overweight adult. It is recommended that babies are breastfed exclusively until around six months of age, and that breastfeeding is continued, together with appropriate solid foods, until 12 months of age and beyond, for as long as the mother and child desire. Any breastfeeding can provide benefits to the mother and baby. 5
  • Women who smoke while pregnant are more likely than others to have small or premature babies who will be overweight later in life. 1

So gaining weight at a reasonable rate while you’re pregnant, then breastfeeding your baby for six months or more benefits both you and your child.

[1] National Health and Medical Research Council (2013). Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia. Melbourne: NHMRC.


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