If You Won't Eat Carbs When You're Pregnant, Will You Make Your Baby-to-Be Fat?

Tue, April 26, 2011 2:02pm EDT by 2 Comments

Women who eat carbohydrate-free diets when pregnant are more likely to bring up overweight children, according to a shocking new study.

Researchers claim unborn babies alter their DNA in the womb – and those starved of carbs (sugars and starches) may learn to store energy in the form of fat. And that could lead to issues after they’re born.

“We have shown for the first time that susceptibility to obesity… can be triggered by influences on a baby’s development in the womb, including what the mother ate,” British scientist Keith Godfrey says.

Godfrey’s team at the University of Southampton tested 300 newborns and found a direct link between a low-carb diet in the womb and childhood obesity at ages six and nine!

These amazing findings could completely change the way pregnant women are advised to eat.

What do you think HollyMoms? Did you diet when you were pregnant?

– Ian Garland

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Lydia

Posted at 3:24 PM on April 26, 2011  

A carbohydrate free diet is not healthy at all, but especially when you are pregnant. Your brain needs glucose and so does your baby. Fruits, milk, starchy vegetables and whole grains are healthy and full of carbohydrates. Everything in moderation.

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Phyllia

Posted at 3:04 PM on April 26, 2011  

What about mothers that are diabetic that have to keep their carb intake low? Are their baies also chubby? Prior to missionaries coming to Alaska, Alaska Natives diets were primarily high protein fish or sea mammals. There wasn’t any issue with obesity until high carb foods entered into their diets. Now diabeties is affecting this group in epic proportions, especially the young. Now compare that to the traditional foods of the Somoans which includes fruits, grains, incl.the highly starchy taro root and seafood. My Somoan friend just deliverd a 10 pound baby last week. I followed Atkins through my pregnacy, my son was almost 8 lbs. He had no weight issues until he started eating school lunches. As an adult, he’s switched to high protein low carb and he no longer has issues w/his weight.

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