The physiology of pregnancy is a beautiful design but when mums gain too much weight it exposes their unborn child to diseases later in life, experts say.
Research shows that a child is at greater risk of being overweight or obese later in life if their mum carried too much weight during pregnancy.
It puts the child at greater risk of disease, with obesity linked to 11 cancers, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Professor Karen Sliwa, president-elect of the World Heart Federation, believes the fight against obesity must start with mums.
“If you really want to make a big impact you have to start with the pregnant mother,” Prof Sliwa told AAP.
“We do know that if you eat healthy in pregnancy and you only gain your nine to 11 kilos … your children are less likely to develop any form of diabetes or cardiovascular disease later in life than if you eat unhealthy and gain 20 kilos,” she said.
Professor Sliwa was voted the first woman president of the World Heart Federation last year and is the…