Obesity In Pregnancy More likely To Have Babies with Birth Defects

If you are planning a baby or becoming pregnant , a new study suggest that you should try to shed any extra weight you're carrying . This is because babies born from obese mothers are more likely to have serious birth defects .

A study by senior author Judith Rankin, a reader in maternal and perinatal epidemiology at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom said, "We found that being obese in pregnancy can increase a woman's risk of having a range of birth defects ”, she also noted that woman who are overweight may also may also be at an increased risk, although the research evidence is not so clear.

Obesity in pregnancy can lead to high blood pressure , risk of infection , increased risk of Cesarean delivery , babies are too large having a risk of perinatal death. Maternal obesity has also been linked to the development of congenital anomalies, such as neural tube defects, spina bifida, heart defects, cleft lip and palate, and anencephaly.

Rankin found that the exact mechanism by which obesity would contribute to birth defects isn't known, but the researchers have several theories.

One is that undiagnosed diabetes in the mothers may be contributing to these defects.

Another is that there may be nutritional deficiencies in the obese women, such as a lack of folic acid.

And the final theory is that because ultrasound is more difficult to perform on heavy women, birth defects may not be seen early in pregnancy.

So before conception consult you Gynecologist regarding obesity and the complications regarding birth defects more likely to be appeared in obese Moms. Try to be in the best physical and emotional condition as possible before pregnancy.


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