Preterm Delivery Due to Overweight Women

Just in case you’re looking for another reason to lose weight, here it is

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If you’re overweight, you run a higher risk of preterm delivery, and as a result, of endangering the life and health of your baby. According to a study shared on MedPage Today, obese and severely obese women had a two to three times greater chance of delivering a baby early at 22 to 27 weeks after conception than women with healthy weights at conception.

In fact, extra weight causes more than just premature births; it can result in severe health issues concerning the mother and the baby. 

"There are a whole slew of problems associated with patients who are obese when pregnant — everything from preterm labor to gestational diabetes to preeclampsia to macrosomia and large babies," says Eugene Scioscia, MD, of West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh.

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Obesity has replaced smoking as the number one complication associated with pregnancy, according to Scioscia.