Obesity doubles stillbirth risk

Pregnant women who are obese could be putting their babies at risk, says charity's research

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Obesity in pregnancy places nearly 10,000 babies a year at a higher risk of death and long-term illness, according to a new study.

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Tommy’s baby charity researched the effect of a mum’s weight on her baby. The research team discovered there was double the risk of stillbirth when the mum was obese, compared to the risk for mums of a healthy weight.

The charity is hoping to raise awareness of the link between lifestyle and future baby health by launching a Five Point Pregnancy Plan. Experts hope to advise mums-to-be on nutrition, weight management, exercise, smoking and mental health.

Being obese in pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, birth defects, gestational diabetes, difficult labour, pre-eclampsia, stillbirth and continuing health problems for the baby.

Tommy’s has also reminded mums-to-be that they needn’t eat any extra food until the last 12 weeks of pregnancy, when about 200 more calories a day are needed. This is roughly what’s found in two slices of bread. Best to step away from that chocolate right now…

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