Saturday January 25, 2020

Gestational Weight Gain May Increase Long-Term Maternal Weight: Study

Overweight pregnancies up risk of maternal midlife obesity

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Gestational weight gain has cumulative effect over multiple pregnancies. Pixabay

The excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is not only linked with the increased long-term maternal weight, but, according to a new study, it also has cumulative effect over multiple pregnancies.

For the study, published in Journal of Women’s Health, the researchers selected 1,181 women and analysed the effect of excessive GWG pregnancies on the body mass index (BMI) at midlife.

“The research showed each pregnancy with excessive GWG was associated with 64 per cent increase in the likelihood of obesity at midlife, regardless of the race, ethnicity, number of pregnancies and physical activity levels,” said Susan G. Kornstein of Virginia Commonwealth University Institute in the US.

The researchers found that each additional pregnancy with excessive GWG was associated with higher BMI among women aged 42-53.

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The findings of the research makes a strong argument for avoiding excessive gestational weight gain in any pregnancy. Pixabay

Nearly 40 per cent women reported one GWG that was higher than the recommended GWG in at least one pregnancy, the study said.

Almost half (47.6 per cent) of the women with excessive GWG in at least one pregnancy had an obese BMI at midlife compared with 22.9 per cent of those who had never experienced excessive GWG.

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The research was conducted in collaboration with University of California and University of Massachusetts in the US.

“This finding makes a strong argument for avoiding excessive gestational weight gain in any pregnancy,” Kornstein said. (IANS)

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Women Tend to Get Better Sleep Than Men: Report

19% of Indian women have menstrual problems says a new lifestyle report

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A new fitness report suggests that women have a better sleep than men. Pixabay

A new fitness report has suggested that close to 19 per cent of women suffer from some kind of menstrual issues which is one of the lifestyle diseases.

The GOQii India Fit Report 2020, that was recently launched had reported an uptick in lifestyle diseases like thyroid and diabetes in India. Specifically for women’s health, it revealed that women walk less than men, with an average of 7,117 steps a day, whereas the average man walks 7416 daily steps – almost 300 steps more.

Speaking of sleeptime, Indians get 6 hours and 52 minutes of overall sleep on average per day, with 4 hrs and 53 mins hours of sound sleep. However, as per the report, women tend to get better sleep than men.

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The report also suggests that men stay more hydrated than women. Pixabay

On the other hand, men are more hydrated than women. The report also suggests top ways to maintain feminine hygiene:

Keep the vagina clean by washing regularly with a gentle, mild soap and warm water.

Never use scented soaps and feminine products or douche. Also, avoid feminine sprays and bubble baths.

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After going to the bathroom, always wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from getting into the vagina and causing an infection.

Wear 100 percent cotton underpants, and avoid overly tight clothing. (IANS)

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