Sorry mums – if you’ve blamed weight gain on your pregnancy you might want to think again.
New research from the University of Canberra shows, despite what’s commonly accepted, having a baby doesn’t actually lead to long term weight gain.
The study tracked 8000 young women over 15 years – comparing the results of those who had children to those who didn’t.
Researcher said the study found that women who had children didn’t have a different pattern of weight gain to those who didn’t have them.
She said there was a common misconception that women who were pregnant needed to eat significantly more – but it wasn’t the case.
"Women should really concentrate not on the volume of food, but really on eating good food — really nutrient rich," she said.
Researchers found there was a link between depression and weight gain, as well as unemployment and weight gain.
"It wasn't about how much income you had, but if you had no paid job you were more likely to have a bigger weight gain," she said.