Thursday 23 February 2017

Obesity link to larger babies

There are concerns about rising levels of obesity among pregnant women.
There are concerns about rising levels of obesity among pregnant women.

Irish obstetricians have expressed concern about rising levels of obesity among pregnant women. Now new research shows babies of obese women who develop gestational diabetes are five times as likely to be excessively large by six months of pregnancy.

The research, led by University of Cambridge, shows that excessive foetal growth begins weeks before at-risk women are screened for gestational diabetes.

This suggests current screening programmes may take place too late during pregnancy to prevent lasting health impacts on the offspring. Gestational diabetes is a condition that can affect women during pregnancy, with those who are obese at greater risk. It affects the mother's health and causes the unborn child to grow larger.

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