A recent three-year study conducted by researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group has shown that women who gain excessive amounts of weight during the early stages of their pregnancy may be at an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.

The lead author of the study, Monique Hedderson, said: “Health-care providers should talk to their patients early in their pregnancy about the appropriate gestational weight gain, especially during the first trimester, and help women monitor their weight gain. Our research shows that weight gain in early pregnancy is a modifiable risk factor for gestational diabetes.”

Not only can this increased weight affect the mommies, it can also affect the child – leading to increased chances of a child developing diabetes and obesity later in life.