Obesity in pregnancy hinders women's ability to fight infection

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Pregnant women who are obese are less able to fight infections than lean women, which could affect their baby's health after birth and later in life ...

... Obesity in pregnancy has been associated with an increase in infections such as chorioamnionitis ...

... obese women had fewer CD8+ (cytotoxic T) cells and natural killer cells, which help fight infection, compared to lean women. In addition, obese pregnant women's ability to produce cells to fight infection was impaired. ...

Another reason why it is really valuable to book a preconception appointment with an obstetrician or midwife so ensure that you can be in the healthiest state possible before becoming pregnant.