Overweight Moms Face Greater Risk of Early Births

A new study shows that overweight and obese women face greater risks of preterm births -- raising their babies’ risks of serious health problems.

A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks.  Overweight or obese women were found to have a 30 percent greater risk of induced preterm birth before 37 weeks.  That risk climbs to 70 percent for very obese women.  Overweight or obese women also had a higher risk of early preterm birth -- before 32 or 33 weeks.

Eurekalert reports:

“... [O]besity is now the most common pregnancy complication in many developed, and some developing countries ... [T]he popular view that a pregnant woman is eating for two is not true.”

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