Shoulder dystocia page now online!

Shoulder dystocia is a popular reason given for restricting the choices in how and where we give birth as bigger women.

But is this fair?

The potential consequences aren’t great, and as bigger mums we’re told that we have a 3 or 4 times greater risk. But a look at the evidence, as usual, is not that clear cut.

More information here.

Eating the wrong type of fat during pregnancy ‘increases likelihood of having overweight children’

So, another article warning that what we eat in pregnancy can scar our children for years to come…

Eating the wrong type of fat during pregnancy ‘increases likelihood of having overweight children’ | Mail Online.

Or is it? What does it really tell us? That diet in pregnancy was to blame, or that the mother’s diet in pregnancy shows a connection with obesity in childhood?

Couldn’t an alternative explanation be that the higher fat diet (and potentially higher sugar, higher processed foods etc.) continued after the children were born, and those children ate the diet, and gained weight?

Obviously, I’m not suggesting eating healthily when pregnant is a bad idea, but this study, (and the media quoting it) proves no causality between maternal diet during pregnancy and childhood obesity; merely a correlation, which is an entirely different thing…