Babies are being medicated in the womb in order to prevent them from being obese. Dangerously overweight moms-to-be in four British cities have started taking a diabetes drug during pregnancy to trim their risk for giving birth to an overweight child. If this strategy succeeds, it’s worrisome that the treatment could become widespread within five years and cause tens of thousands of overweight, but otherwise healthy, moms-to-be around the world to want the treatment.
“A British study recently reported that maternal obesity has doubled during the past 20 years, with one in six pregnant women in the UK facing extra health hazards, including heart disease and increased risk for birth defects and stillbirths. In the U.S., where one in three women is obese, there are now medical centers specializing in caring for morbidly obese pregnant women, with such equipment as larger, sturdier operating tables. These patients are more likely to require a C-section, often due to large babies, who can face a wide range of health risks, including nerve damage, broken bones, or even brain damage during a difficult vaginal birth.”
I don’t believe taking medication in order to prevent a child from being obese is the healthiest way to take on this approach. Moderate aerobic exercise during pregnancy can reduce the birth weight of a baby without medication. Pumping up fiber intake also helps reduce risk for gestational diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.
What does everyone think about this? — Is it right to take the easy way out, not exercise and pop a pill to prevent an unborn child to come out thinner? Or is it healthier to start living a healthy lifestyle once you realize the risk your child can be at by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy as well as exercise?