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Health Alert: BMI in pregnancy

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A report released just moments ago says if you're pregnant or having a baby sometime soon your weight may be critical to your baby's survival.

This study just released from the Journal of the American Medical Association says pregnant women with a high BMI, or body mass index, have an increased risk of stillbirth and infant death.  Body mass index is a weight for height measurement.

Researchers analyzed information in 38 separate studies on BMI and pregnancy to find this out.  They found even slight increases in a mothers BMI were associated with increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth, and infant death.  Experts who analyzed the report say here's what a mom needs to know: it's not the weight itself that may be putting a baby at risk for dying.  But rather the complications that come from it.  These complications can include high blood pressure, diabetes, and a condition called pre-clampsia in pregnancy.  They think it has to do with the fact that fat cells can cause these because they produce inflammation in the body.
Now you fight inflammation through a healthy diet and exercise.  So trainers we talked to about BMI at the TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion Tuesday said if your doctor gives you the okay to be walking just go at your own pace.

Don Gallucci, a TriHealth personal trainer, said, "Go the pace you can, if you have friend think about if you have a conversation with that friend as  you are walking.  You can talk in a sentence but not a paragraph, maintaining a pace where you can converse a sentence at a time."

CLICK HERE for a link to trainers at TriHealth if you 'd like more information about getting on an exercise program.

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