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Overweight and obese women at raised risk of host of adverse neonatal and maternal outcomes
Overweight and obese women at raised risk of host of adverse neonatal and maternal outcomes

(March 26, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Ireland - Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy are more likely to have adverse neonatal and maternal outcomes, according to a report published in BJOG. Researchers studied over 30,000 pregnancies over an 8 year period. Of this group of women, 28% were overweight and 17% were obese. Results showed that when compared to women who were normal weight, overweight and obese women were at raised risk of hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes, having their labor induced, c-section, having a large birthweight baby, and postpartum hemorrhage. Women who were the most obese were at raised risk of preterm delivery, having the newborn admitted to the NICU, as well as a 3x increased risk of stillbirth. Overweight and obese women were also more likely to have postnatal problems such as difficulty breastfeeding.

 
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