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Obesity During First Trimester Increases Baby’s Risk Of Epilepsy, Study Claims

Medical professionals have long warned expectant moms about the serious health risks associated with being overweight while pregnant, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, birth defects, preterm birth, and even miscarriage. Now, new research claims that maternal obesity in the first trimester may specifically increase a baby's risk of epilepsy.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
The reason for the linkage of obesity and epilepsy is likely through increased fetal inflammation that is preventing the formation of the proper neural development.  If you are obese in the first trimester, you are likely to be obese through the entire pregnancy therefore increasing the likelihood of less than optimal fetal brain programming.  The best way to overcome that is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet not to lose weight, but to reduce inflammation during the pregnancy.

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