More than one in 20 pregnant women severely obese

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More than one in 20 women giving birth ... is severely obese and their babies are twice as likely to be stillborn as a result ...

CMACE ... focused on women who are deemed severely obese, with a BMI (body mass index, a ratio of weight to height) of more than 35. Someone with a BMI of more than 30 is generally considered obese.

CMACE found that ... more than 5% of the pregnant women in the population were severely obese, with a BMI over 35 ... 2%, had a BMI over 40 ...

... Stillbirths among the babies of severely obese women are twice as high as the overall average rate, at 8.6 per 1,000 births compared with 3.9 per 1,000. The risk rises with the level of obesity of the mother.

... About 38% of obese women are diagnosed with health problems before or during their pregnancy. They have a high risk of miscarriage, a high rate of chronic disease, potentially dangerously high blood pressure, blood clots which can be fatal and a risk of haemorrhage ...

... women needed to be encouraged to reach a healthy weight before pregnancy ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448