Unborn babies at risk from fat moms

May 9th, 2008 - 10:34 am ICT by admin  

Washington, May 9 (IANS) Pregnant women who become overweight during pregnancy are likely to put themselves and their unborn children at risk, according to a new report. The report warned that there is a strong association between high maternal weight gain and increased foetal growth and infant birth weight, which can contribute to complications during labour if a baby is too big and also have long term health effects for the child.

It is also is associated with caesarean delivery and weight retention by mothers after childbirth.

The University of North Carolina report reviewed 150 studies that assessed the short- and long-term effects of weight gain on pregnancy, mothers, foetuses and children.

The review also confirmed that gaining too little weight during pregnancy can be a problem. Low maternal weight gain is associated with poor foetal growth, lower birth weight, and the chance of a baby being born prematurely.

The report was prompted by several trends, including increasing numbers of women in the US who are overweight and obese, as well as the number who gain more weight during pregnancy than norms laid out in the Institute of Medicine’s 1990 recommendations.

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