Obese women warned of poor infant health

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Women with weight problems, particularly those dealing with obesity, are warned of the possible pregnancy risk and health concerns for their future babies.

Babies born to mothers who were obese in early pregnancy have a much greater risk of dying before, during, or up to one year after birth ...

The risk of a baby dying in the womb (fetal death) or up to one year after birth (infant death) was twice as high among women who were obese (BMI of 30 or more) in early pregnancy than among those with normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.5).

There were nearly eight more fetal and infant deaths per 1,000 births among obese women than among women with normal weight. The total (absolute) risk of fetal or infant death was 16 in every 1,000 births (1.6 percent) among obese women and nearly 9 per 1,000 births (0.9 percent) among normal weight women.

The lowest risk was among women with a BMI of 23 ...

... "What's key is that women should be helped to achieve a healthy weight before they become pregnant or after the baby is born ...