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.
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.