Pregnant women 'could be at risk if slightly overweight'

12 April 2012

More of an effort should be made by medical professionals to encourage pregnant women to stay around their average body weight.

This is after a new study by researchers at Northwestern University found that females who are just above their recommended weight could be putting themselves and their baby in more danger during labour than previously thought.

Having a blood sugar level which is higher than the average could also be a cause for concern, the scientists added.

According to the research, pregnant women who are slightly above the recommended weight and blood sugar level are at a higher risk of suffering problems during labour than females who are obese with normal blood sugar or those with gestational diabetes but at a normal weight.

Principle investigator Boyd Metzger pointed out: "These are women who have not been on our radar because they don't have gestational diabetes and aren't obese, but our study shows if you are one step away from each of those, you carry some significant risks."

A separate study led by Dr Hatem Azim, a medical oncologist at the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels, also recently highlighted that women who have successfully overcome breast cancer do not need to worry about the disease returning if they get pregnant.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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