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Mothers (not fathers) who were overweight or obese before pregnancy were approximately twice as likely to report that their children had been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or to have symptoms of hyperactivity, inattentiveness or impulsiveness at ages 7 to 8 years old compared to children of women of normal weight before pregnancy.
Additional studies may result in healthcare providers screening children of obese mothers for ADHD for earlier interventions as well as counseling obese women wanting children on diet and lifestyle.
Source: NIH, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Upstate KIDS Study. Resources for plus-size pregnant women and their healthcare providers are available as part of NICHD’s Pregnancy for Every Body initiative.
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