Heather Kinton was one of many women who joined a body weight health study conducted by Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Women like Heather were typically in their first trimester of pregnancy. They were also assigned a nutrition coach to work with them during the duration of the weight study.
The synopsis of the Northwestern University is that there is a positive correlation when overweight women engage in dieting and exercising during pregnancy. The effect is that the overweight women seemed to have limited their weight gain significantly when they started to go on a diet and exercise regimen when pregnant. Another finding found that beginning to exercise and to watch your diet did not reduce the risk of developing pregnancy-related health issues such as gestational diabetes.
One of the primary reasons why Northwestern University began the study was due to a troubling statistic among American women. The university states that almost half of all pregnant women in the United States are either overweight or obese when they conceive a child. This excessive weight puts both the mother and her child at a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes and other health problems.
The study that was conducted by Northwestern University was actually first proposed by the United States federal government more than a decade ago. Government officials wanted to see if getting pregnant, overweight women to exercise, and diet would help them reach and maintain a healthy weight. Another goal was to see if the diet and exercise would reduce complications for mother and child alike.
Northwestern University reached the finding of the study it has done for the United States federal government this Thursday on September the 6th. A key conclusion gleaned from the study was that starting an exercise and diet regimen beginning in the second trimester of pregnancy helped women avoid excessive weight gain during the duration of their pregnancy. It did not stop health complications such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and other health issues associated with being overweight, though.
Dr. Alan Peaceman led the study that was conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He says that the results were both encouraging but sobering at the same time. It seems safe to safe that starting to diet and exercise while pregnant will help you avoid weight gain during the pregnancy. Doctors are also now recommending that women that are thinking about having children start to diet and exercise even before they conceive and carry a child. This will help them reduce the risk of developing complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The sooner you address the weight issue, the better is a fitting summary to this pregnancy study.