Premature risk for obese mums-to-be

Obese women have higher rates of premature births, a new study suggests.

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The research, by Kings College London, looked at 385 first time obese mothers. It found these women were twice as likely to give birth prematurely, therefore having a low-weight baby weighing less than 5lb 8oz, than those mothers inside recommended weight guidelines.

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Researcher, Professor Lucilla Poston said the findings were surprising: ‘The large proportion of small babies was particularly unexpected, as obesity is more often associated with the birth of overweight babies.’

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The study also found the condition pre-eclampsia is more common in obese mothers, with 12% out of the 385 women in the study suffering from it, compared to the national average of 2%.

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