“When women have elevated blood sugar and gain excess weight during pregnancy, it seems to change the baby’s metabolism to ‘imprint’ the baby for childhood obesity,” says Teresa Hillier, MD, lead author and senior investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.
“We can’t wait until the baby is born to determine and address the impact on childhood obesity,” said Dr. Hillier, who is an endocrinologist. “We need to intervene during the mom’s pregnancy to help her with nutritional and lifestyle changes that will result in healthy weight gain, healthy blood sugar and ultimately, healthy children.”
“No pill can help me deal with the problem of not wanting to take pills; likewise, no amount of psychotherapy alone can prevent my manias and depressions. I need both. It is an odd thing, owing life to pills, one’s own quirks and tenacities, and this unique, strange, and ultimately profound relationship called psychotherapy”
― Kay Redfield Jamison,
I think the most sobering answers as to why family planning was important was given that day: “Because if an armed group enters the village and you need to flee, it is much harder grabbing many children. You will most likely lose some and be delayed.”