And today’s health blog tip is to bring the issue before you and yours, so that you know the danger is real and that obesity is a definite no no.
But first things first, what is cerebral palsy?
According to Wikipedia
Cerebral palsy (CP ) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people. Often, symptoms include poor coordination, stiff muscles , weak muscles, and tremors . There may be problems with sensation , vision, hearing , swallowing , and speaking.
According to new studies obese pregnant mothers exposes their unborn kids to a higher risk of contacting cerebral palsy.
Looking at about 1 million children born to Swedish women, researchers were able to gather the following information.
“The overall risk of cerebral palsy was about two cases per 1 000 babies born,” said lead researcher Dr Eduardo Villamor, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Women with the most severe forms of obesity who have babies born at full term may have about twice that risk.”
This information alone should be enough to motivate mothers to be, in making sure their weight is reduced to an healthy level.
To be clear it was also stipulated that although there is an association between maternal obesity and cerebral palsy, it is not the sole cause of the condition.
“Although the effect of maternal obesity on cerebral palsy may seem small compared with other risk factors, the association is of public health relevance due to the large proportion of women who are overweight or obese worldwide,” Villamor said.
Loosing Weight Before Pregnancy Is Good For You.
“Although we don’t know yet if this also applies to cerebral palsy, weight loss before pregnancy among overweight and obese women may offer some health benefits during and after pregnancy,” Villamor said.
According to another obstetrician.
“There continues to be evidence of many different repercussions and outcomes associated with being overweight or obese,” said Dr Siobhan Dolan, a medical advisor at the March of Dimes.
“All the data is pointing to the same issue – that it’s good to get to a healthy weight before pregnancy and to gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy,” she said.
If for nothing else the fear of cerebral palsy should inspire you to loose weight.
The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.