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“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.”