Pregnancy risks for obese women

BBC Health News | Mon- Feb 9, 2009

At birth, 18.8% of their babies were classified as having a low birth weight - they weighed less than 2.5kg.

Rates of pre-eclampsia were higher, with 11.7% of obese first-time mothers developing the condition compared to 6% of obese women with one or more previous pregnancies and 2% of the healthy population.

"It shows that women in their first pregnancy run a particularly high risk and that the issue about obese women is not just their weight before pregnancy but how much weight they gain during it.

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