Pregnant? Don`t eat for two

A new study has warned that `eating for two` during pregnancy could leave women saddled with the extra pounds for life, putting them at higher risk of obesity and health problems such as high blood pressure.

Although weight gain during pregnancy is natural as the baby develops, researchers from the Bristol University suggested that being fat puts baby and mother at risk, reports the Daily Mail.

The findings add to mounting evidence about the harmful effects of being overweight during pregnancy.

The long-term Bristol study found that those who gained more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy were three times as likely to be overweight, obese or become `apple-shaped` 16 years later.

But women who began pregnancy at a healthy weight and who gained only a little weight were much less likely to go on to become fat and develop related health problems.

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