Obesity during pregnancy and childhood autism…is there a link?? Just this month, a new study from the Journal of Pediatrics has been released stating that autism may be linked to maternal obesity. There has been a 23% increase in Autism in children in just the past 2 years, and it was 60% more likely that their mothers were obese. If there weren’t enough reasons before to exercise during your pregnancy, here is one more reason to stay fit and keep that extra weight gain off.  To view this report from ABC, Autism Linked to Maternal Obesity, Diabetes – ABC News.  You can find more pregnancy fitness tips on the Pregnancy Exercise Frequently Asked Questions page.