Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in the Womb

by , 06/01/11

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And you thought babies on diets was a bad idea… try babies in the womb on diets. When babies in the womb (THE WOMB, PEOPLE!) need their mamas to start popping diet pills in order to prevent obesity, it’s pretty clear that the American obesity epidemic is out of control. The pill I’m referring to is called metformin, and one British doctor, Dr. Hassan Shehata, thinks that giving metformin to overweight mothers may help prevent overly pudgy, or downright fat babies. There’s rational behind this decision, because mother or baby obesity at birth can pose risks to both baby and mama. Of course, as with any medication or drug during pregnancy, there are also risks involved.

Should overweight or obese mothers-to-be pop diet pills to prevent overweight babies?

  • 2 Votes Yes - overweight babies are not healthy.
  • 134 Votes No - drugs during pregnancy are not safe.
  • 2 Votes I'm not sure where I stand on this issue.

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According to Shehata, metformin is very safe during pregnancy when used to treat gestational diabetes, however, Shehata is currently interested in the positive potential this drug may have for obese women who don’t have gestational diabetes, and will be running a clinical trial to learn more. Women enrolled in the clinical trial will take 3,000 milligrams of metformin daily (or a placebo) and both groups of women will follow a diet and exercise plan. Shehata is hoping that metformin helps prevent high birth weights (10 pound or larger babies) which in turn can also help prevent other health complications, such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and hemorrhage. Some experts disagree and feel that mamas-to-be should keep their weight down via exercise and healthy eating, not with a pill.

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3 Responses to “Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in the Womb”

  1. boodah4594 says:

    I am overweight and my son was 9 pounds 8 ounces I gained 50 pounds when pregnant with him he was very healthy baby and still is he has since thinned out he is now 24 pounds at 14 months old the key to overcoming obesity is EATING RIGHT, not popping pills!!!!!!!!

  2. carfoon says:

    I think it is important to make the distinction between women who take Metformin for diabetes and women who take Metformin to treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Metformin acts to balance insulin and other hormones, and if taken through the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, it lowers the risk of miscarriage for women with PCOS (the risk is much higher than for women without PCOS). I took Metformin to help ovulate regularly so that I could get pregnant, and then continued taking it through the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy (as directed by my doctor). I am not overweight at all (BMI – 22), and had a very normal healthy pregnancy and a beautiful (normal weight) baby. I wholeheartedly agree that taking diet pills while pregnant to lose weight is a horrible idea. I am just not sure that Metformin actually counts as a “diet pill.”

  3. tridra says:

    This deeply saddened me. Make better and cheaper food available for all of us, pills for the unborn can not be acceptable as a new market and source of income!!!

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