By Dr. Brian McDonough

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Could drinking soda or other products with artificial sweeteners, while you are pregnant, have an impact on your unborn child? A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics Edition has found that moms who consume artificially sweetened drinks may influence the body mass index of their infant.

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The scientists took a close look at the relationship between consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and the BMI of the child at 1 year of age. What they found is that when compared with women who did not drink the beverages, drinking these products on a daily basis were associated with an easily measurable increase. These unborn babies were significantly more likely to be overweight at 1 year of age.

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So, what do you do with this information? My recommendation is always common sense: if you must have these drinks do so in moderation.