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 ...

"Women who are obese before pregnancy have critical differences in their immune function during pregnancy compared to normal weight women ...

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 ...