Duuuh Scientific Study of the Day

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Excess weight gain during pregnancy linked to bigger babies

Mothers who gain more weight than recommended during their pregnancies tend to have babies with higher birth weights than normal. But medical researchers haven’t known whether it’s the expectant mother’s weight gain or perhaps her genes that influence how much her baby will weigh.

From “White Coat Notes” in the Boston Globe Aug.6

Well, duuh. If you ingest enough calories to gain 50 pounds, your baby is going to get his or her share of them. You’re connected, remember? What really blows the mind is that the Dowbrigade spent much of one career (we have had several) doing research into birthweights in various environments within the developing world, all places where LOW birthweights were the blight to be obliterated and the whole concept that birthweights could be too HIGH was non-sensical. Even here in the US, when we were little, back somewhere in the past century, people bragged about how much their babies weighed. Fat babies were GOOD. Future NFLers. How times have changed.

4 Comments

  1. Amy

    August 19, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

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    I’m glad somebody wasted a lot of time and effort to study and quantify this. Maybe those researchers can now turn to more pressing matters such as “Does the sun rise in the East” and “Does it get dark when the sun goes down?”.

  2. Janessa_89

    September 10, 2010 @ 2:30 am

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    Seriously, that is weird that they would spend so much time studying this. I’ve never noticed a correlation to this really, but it obviously makes since if you are gaining 50 lbs it’s gotta go somewhere, babies eat what you eat. Just silly.

  3. Canvas Paintings

    October 22, 2010 @ 6:00 am

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    Babies eat what their mothers eat, that’s why there are so many rules on what to eat and what not to eat. It’s common sense.

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