Dr Margie Davenport conducted a study looking at 172 expectant mums in Ontario, Canada between 1995 and 2011. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology found that children were almost three times more likely to be larger, heavier and have more body fat if their mothers gained too much weight early in the pregnancy.
The risk is lower for those who didn’t put on too much weight or who put on weight towards the end of their pregnancy.
In essence, the study suggests that eating for two while you are pregnant could lead to long term health issues for your child.
Dr Davenport said: “Infants who are larger at birth tend to become larger children, and that creates a risk for developing into obese and overweight children and adults”.
The study revealed that more than half of the women who took part put on excessive weight despite health advice and an exercise regime.
Mums who gained weight during the first half of the pregnancy were nearly 3 times times more likely to give birth to babies who were bigger and heavier, with more than 14 per cent body fat.
Other studies support this and have even revealed that putting on excessive weight during pregnancy can lead to complications during childbirth.