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Drinking sugary beverages in pregnancy linked to kids’ later weight gain

Study is latest to look at impact of mom’s diet on children’s health

12:05am, July 10, 2017
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CAN THE SODA  Elementary school age kids may be better off weightwise if moms avoid sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study finds.

An expectant mom might want to think twice about quenching her thirst with soda.

The more sugary beverages a mom drank during mid-pregnancy, the heavier her kids were in elementary school compared with kids whose mothers consumed less of the drinks, a new study finds. At age 8, boys and girls weighed approximately 0.25 kilograms more — about half a pound — with each serving mom added per day while pregnant, researchers report online July 10 in Pediatrics.

“What happens in early development really has a long-term impact,” says Meghan Azad, an epidemiologist at the University of Manitoba in Canada, who was not involved in the study. A fetus’s metabolism develops in response to the surrounding environment, including the maternal diet, she says.

The new findings come out of a larger project that studies the impact of pregnant moms’ diets on their kids’ health. &ldquo

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