Women could find themselves in need of obesity treatment after they have a child if they put on too much weight during the pregnancy.
According to recent research from the University of Bristol, women who gain more than the recommended weight during pregnancy are three times as likely to be overweight or obese or to develop central adiposity.
Meanwhile, the women whose weight gain during pregnancy was low, showed a reduced risk of becoming overweight and the associated health problems.
The study looked at the women's pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and blood pressure and compared it with their statistics 16 years later to draw these conclusions.
Dr Abigail Fraser, main author of the report, commented: "Our findings suggest that regular monitoring of weight in pregnancy may need to be reconsidered because it provides a window of opportunity to prevent health problems later in life."