ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new local study finds it would be a good thing for mothers to try to lose some weight between babies.

Saint Louis University researcher Dr. Sarah Hopkins says the time between pregnancies is a golden window for obese women to lose weight.

“Women who lost weight between their pregnancies had a lower risk of having a large baby in the subsequent pregnancy which is a good thing because large babies have an increased risk of becoming overweight in their childhood,” she explained. “Losing weight between pregnancies helps the mother get the child off to a health start to life.”

Large babies are more likely to have low blood sugar and jaundice soon after birth.

The population-based study looked at the records of more than 10,000 Missouri women who delivered their first two babies between 1998 and 2005.

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