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06 April 2011

Babies of obese moms at high risk of death

Babies born to mothers who were obese in early pregnancy have a much greater risk of dying before, during, or up to one year after birth, a study showed.

Babies born to mothers who were obese in early pregnancy have a much greater risk of dying before, during, or up to one year after birth, a new British study says.

There were nearly eight more foetal and infant deaths per 1,000 births among obese women than among women with normal weight. The total (absolute) risk of foetal or infant death was 16 in every 1,000 births (1.6%) among obese women and nearly 9 per 1,000 births (0.9%) among normal weight women.

Obesity and pregnancy is risky

 
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