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Birth Defects in Babies More Common In Overweight and Obese Moms

Posted Feb 12 2009 12:00am

With the alarming rate of obesity and overweight in the U.S., new studies have shown that there is a greater chance of birth defects and complications during pregnancy and delivery when women are overweight and/or obese. So, if you are considering becoming pregnant, it is important to be at a healthy weight first. If you are overweight or obese it is in your and your unborn child’s best interest to lose weight. Read on and you will understand why it is critical. Obese and overweight women have greater risk of  gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy and a higher risk of infection and an increased risk of Cesarean delivery. Obesity during pregnancy has also been linked to the development of congenital abnormalities in babies, such as neural tube defects, spina bifida, heart defects, cleft lip and cleft palate. Babies born to obese mothers are at risk of being too large and have an increased risk of perinatal death. It is suggested that as many as one in five infant deaths in the United States are from birth defects.

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