Mothers-to-be have been advised to keep a close eye on their dietary habits, after new research indicated that excessive eating when pregnant could increase the risk of various health problems in children.
The Daily Telegraph reports that a study carried out by Canada's McMaster University and published in the Obesity Reviews journal established a link between increased consumption and conditions including low IQ and attention deficit disorder.
"There are a lot of serious risks from obesity that we already know about, but this study shows others are still emerging and the picture is incredibly worrying," said Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum.
Mr Fry urged women against "eating for two" during pregnancy and expressed concern about the number of associated "myths" which are still relatively common.
The findings came after a team from the University of Auckland suggested sleeping position could have an impact on the number of still births, with the risk doubled among women who lay on their back or right side.
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Private maternity news : 28 June 2011