Urine Test Could Help Predict Birth Weight Of Unborn Babies

Ultrasound image of fetus at four months gestation.

A simple urine test could help pregnant women have a positive influence on their baby’s birth weight.

New research showed that some simple lifestyle changes could make a huge difference for babies.

New research at Imperial College London could take away some of the uncertainty in pregnancy. The aim of the study was to look for metabolites in pregnant women’s urine to see if researchers could predict birth weight.

Researchers followed 800 pregnant women in the largest study of its kind.

The samples revealed several birth weight indicators that women can control… including their vitamin D levels, exercise, and diet.

Researchers say eating protein packed foods rich in vital nutrients — called branched-chain amino acids — made a big difference in the third trimester when babies grow the most.

The study found a 50 percent increase in those BCAA’s could mean a weight gain of as much as 2 and a half percent.

“If we can find ways to intervene and modify the level of these metabolites, then we would be able to ensure that healthy birth weight,” said Mireille Toledano, who co-authored the study.

Low and abnormal birth weights have been linked to chronic diseases like obesity and Type- 2 diabetes.

Doctors said they hope this test could be another tool for new moms to give their babies a healthy start.

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