Obesity during pregnancy ups birth defects riskFebruary 11th, 2009 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): Mums-to-be who are obese raise their chances of having babies with a wide range of birth defects, such as spina bifida, says a new study.
The research published in the February 11 issue of JAMA suggests that maternal obesity may be associated with the development of some congenital anomalies (abnormality present at birth).
To reach the conclusion, Katherine J. Stothard, Ph.D., and colleagues from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., conducted a review and meta-analysis of studies.
The researchers identified 39 articles that were included in a systematic review and 18 articles in the meta-analysis.
“In women who were obese at the start of pregnancy, the meta-analysis demonstrated a significantly increased risk of a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect [nearly twice the odds], including spina bifida [more than twice the odds]; cardiovascular anomaly, including a septal anomaly [heart defect]; cleft palate and cleft lip and palate; anorectal atresia [abnormality of the anus/rectum]; hydrocephaly [abnormal enlargement of the ventricles of the brain due to accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid]; and a limb reduction anomaly,” the authors write.
The risk of gastroschisis (abdominal wall defect) among obese mothers was significantly reduced. (ANI)
- Diabetic women likely to deliver babies with defects - Feb 06, 2012
- British doctors to treat Pakistan's cleft-lip children - Oct 21, 2011
- Mechanism behind cleft palate development found - Sep 15, 2010
- Pregnant diabetics more prone to birth defect: Study - Apr 05, 2012
- Report: Three-headed baby born in Sumatra, Indonesia - Oct 31, 2011
- Folic acid protects offsprings from colon cancer - May 27, 2011
- Some coffee, cola ok during pregnancy - Jan 21, 2010
- Childhood obesity genes identified - Apr 12, 2012
- 'Study of interest profile better way to chose employee' - Jul 06, 2012
- Mel Gibson visits disabled kids - Jun 10, 2011
- Eggs may help lower risk of neural tube defects - Aug 13, 2009
- Calcium supplements' link to heart attack risk 'overstated' - Jul 31, 2010
- Smoking early in pregnancy linked to risk of heart defects in infants - Mar 01, 2011
- Study reveals that Smoking during pregnancy increases birth defects - Jul 13, 2011
- Defective gene causes foetal abnormalities (Lead) - May 31, 2010
Tags: abnormal enlargement, accumulation, anomaly, birth defects, cleft lip and palate, cleft palate, congenital anomalies, having babies, heart defect, jama, limb reduction, meta analysis, mums, neural tube defect, newcastle university, newcastle upon tyne, obese mothers, university newcastle upon tyne, ups, ventricles of the brain