Obesity and Pregnancy

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Obesity during pregnancy directly results in foetal overgrowth

A recent study published in JAMA Paediatrics has suggested that being obese during pregnancy increases the risk of giving birth to an atypically large infant, this is independent of other health effects such as diabetes that may also be present. A large...
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Early weight gain in pregnancy can lead to childhood obesity

A recent large study, published in Obesity, has shown that weight gain in early pregnancy has a great impact on infant size and childhood obesity. The study examined 16,218 pregnant mothers in China in all three trimesters. It found that weight gain in...
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Maternal obesity linked to childhood neurodevelopmental problems

A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has linked maternal obesity to an increased risk of behavioural problems in male children. In this study data from the 1979 and 1986 U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth was used....
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Specialist clinics key to tackling obesity complications in pregnancy

In the UK, approximately 20% of pregnant women are obese and 2% have very severe obesity (BMI) ≥40 kg/m2. According to a recent study, attendance at a specialised antenatal clinic for obesity was associated with reduced rates of stillbirth and low...
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Maternal obesity linked to birth defects

A major study has found that women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to have a baby with serious birth defects. Risks of any major congenital malformation and several subgroups of organ specific malformations progressively increased with...
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Is being overweight in pregnancy associated with the development of cerebral palsy?

A new study published in JAMA has found increased rates of cerebral palsy in children whose mothers are overweight or obese. The study was conducted in Sweden and analysed data from 1,423,929 children born between 1997 and 2012. In total, 3,029 children...
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Sugars can pass through breast milk

Researchers from the University of Southern California have found that fructose, a sugar that is linked to obesity and diabetes, can be passed from mother to baby via breast milk. The study itself involved 25 mothers and infants and also found that even...
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Couples with obesity take longer to conceive

Couples with obesity could take from 55 to 59% longer to conceive than their normal weight counterparts. This is the outcome of a study performed at the National Institute of Health. Many studies up until now have focused on the weight status of the potential...
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Rise in obesity relates to rise in high-risk pregnancies

A review by an international team of doctors, based at the Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth has been undertaken to further our understanding of the worldwide impact of obesity on pregnancy. The team focused on the clinical management of obesity...
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Preventing childhood obesity must start before conception

A series of papers published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology has stated that the time before couples conceive is vital in the prevention of obesity in children. The researchers argue that more must be done to motivate future parents to lead a...
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Caesarean sections increase risk of obesity in children

A large study, originating from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has found that children delivered using caesarean section were 15% more likely to become obese compared to children who were delivered vaginally. Babies born by C-section were...
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Weight loss interventions do not result in higher fertility

A randomised controlled study has taken place in the Netherlands and has found that weight loss interventions preceding fertility treatment did not result in higher birth rates. The study included 577 women, who were split into two groups, one who received...
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Mother’s high-fat, high-sugar diet may affect future generations

   Obesity can predispose offspring in subsequent generations to metabolic problems, a recent study published by the Washington University School of Medicine has found. Kelle H Moley, professor at Washington University, said that “our data...
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Low folate during pregnancy may be linked to childhood obesity

In a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics it was found that proper maternal folate levels during pregnancy may protect children from a future risk of obesity, particularly those born to obese mothers. The study, funded by the National Institutes...
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Obesity and gestational diabetes in mothers linked to early onset of puberty in daughters

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, daughters of overweight mothers, who develop gestational diabetes, are significantly more likely to experience earlier onset of one or more signs of puberty. The study was based on...
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Weight gain in pregnancy imprints on child

A new study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal has shown that mothers who gain excess weight or have elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy are more likely to have overweight and obese children. The study examined 24,141 mothers...
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