Thursday 23 November 2017

High levels of obesity in pregnant women

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

HIGH levels of obesity have been found among more than 5,800 mothers-to-be attending a major maternity hospital.

The study of 5,824 women involved measuring the Body Mass Index (BMI) of the women in their first three months of pregnancy.

Fifty-four per cent were found to be normal, 3pc were underweight, 28pc were overweight, 13pc were obese and 2pc morbidly obese.

The worrying obesity levels leave mothers-to-be at risk of complications or procedures such as caesarean section.

For the morbidly obese the risk of complications or need for interventions was alarming high. The induction rate among the morbidly obese was 42.1pc, compared with 23.5pc among those of normal weight.

The caesarean section rate was 45.3pc compared to 14.4pc in women with normal weight.

One-in-five morbidly obese mums-to-be developed gestational diabetes.

Based on how women viewed themselves, as many as 5pc underestimated their weight.

Irish Independent

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