Mothers-to-be have been advised that it is safest to be at a healthy weight before getting pregnant.
Dr Ruth Bell, clinical senior lecturer in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Newcastle, recently led a research project which found that women who are obese during early pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of their baby dying before birth, during pregnancy or up to one year after birth.
However, she added that most women will deliver a healthy live baby regardless of their weight and said that the important thing is to try to achieve a healthy weight before pregnancy and then maintain a balanced and healthy diet while carrying a child.
Following the study, specialist pregnancy fitness consultant Vicky Warr said that keeping fit and exercising during pregnancy "controls weight gain and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes".
She added that it will also prepare you for the endurance of labour, "which you need to be fit for".
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Private maternity news : 7 April 2011