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Controlling weight gain during a pregnancy

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(WVVA) – Gaining too much weight during a pregnancy could affect the health of the child according to a new study.

The study found that children born to women who gained 40 pounds or more while pregnancy had an eight percent increased risk of obesity through the age of 12.

Researchers say that could result in several hundred thousand cases of excess childhood obesity each year.

They suggest women get involved in programs that help limit their weight gain.

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