More Trans Fat in Pregnancy Linked to Bigger Babies

They happen to be the foods that most women crave most when pregnant. Snack foods, fried foods, and just about anything unhealthy.  According to a new U.S. study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the more we eat these high trans-fats foods during pregnancy, the bigger the baby we could have on delivery day.

The study followed 1,400 pregnant women and focused on their LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) levels.  It concluded that the higher the intake of trans-fats, which raises the LDL cholesterol, during the second trimester,  the bigger the pregnant woman’s baby was at birth.

The study did not conclude that trans-fats alone lead to bigger birth weight or how harmful that could be.  However, the head researcher of the study, Juliana Cohen, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said that higher birth weight could lead to a C-section.  Cohen also stated that studies have found that bigger babies may be at higher risk of diabetes and heart disease later in life.

The most common trans-fatty foods are commercial baked goods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, as well as many fried food like french fries and donuts.   I’ve eaten my fair share of these foods in both my first pregnancy and this one, and Harlan was born at 6 lbs 9 oz, which is considered to be a normal birth weight.

Did you eat high trans-fat foods during pregnancy?  Did your baby have a high birth weight?

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