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Overweight in Pregnancy
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Overweight in Pregnancy

A recent obesity and weight study published in the American Journal of Public Health (Mar. 2001) studied the effect of maternal pre-pregnancy obesity or overweight on pregnancy complications and adverse pregnancy outcomes in nulliparous women (women bearing their first offspring).

Rates of occurrence of adverse pregnancy outcomes increased with increasing body mass index (BMI). Compared to lean women, both overweight (BMI 25+) and obese women (BMI 30+) had a significantly increased risk for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia (hypertension, edema and proteinuria in late pregnancy), eclampsia (convulsions and coma occuring in pregnant women resulting from preeclampsia conditions), caesarian delivery and delivery of a macrosomic (great body size) infant. Overweight and obese women were at elevated risks for delivering prematurely (before 37 weeks) and very prematurely (before 32 weeks), and had a nearly twofold increase in the risk of infant death within one year of birth.

This study found that not only obesity but overweight can produce adverse outcomes and complications during pregnancy. If your facility caters to women of childbearing age, educate them on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight to protect against future pregnancy problems.

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