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According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, pregnant women who are diabetic or obese have a high chance of giving birth to a child with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
The study states that maternal obesity is among the leading factors responsible for ADHD in children. Per the research, about 30% of women are obese in their first trimester of pregnancy. Being diabetic raises this number to a whopping 47%.
However, the researchers found no associations between ADHD and pregnancy weight gain within the normal range.
Being heavyweight also increases the chances of diabetes in pregnancy, aka gestational diabetes, one of the most common pregnancy complications.
Gestational diabetes symptoms include frequent need to pee, feeling too thirsty, and extreme fatigue, among many others. These signs usually develop in the second trimester or the early weeks of the third trimester.
Experts advise pregnant women to perform prenatal yoga, light exercises or walk during pregnancy to ensure their weight stays within the normal range. It also helps improve flexibility and reduces the risk of pregnancy diabetes.
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