Mothers’ Weight Before Pregnancy Affects Offspring’s Risk of Death Decades Later

Also presented at this meeting was a report from the Framingham Heart Study in Boston, showing that adults whose mothers were overweight before pregnancy have a much higher risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. It was previously shown that children of obese mothers have a higher risk for themselves of having obesity, diabetes, and elevated cholesterol, and this study showed that that risk indeed translated into higher rates of cardiovascular disease and death. The increase was 90%.

More than half of pregnant women in the US are overweight or obese. This study adds to a growing body of evidence linking maternal health to later life cardiovascular health in children.

Dr. Jack Florin, MD

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