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Maternal obesity rising

7th December 2010

According to research published by the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries over 5% of pregnant women in the UK are "dangerously overweight".

The level of more than 5% equates to around 38,000 women who have a body mass index which is more than 35. The research warned females that being obese can have a serious impact on the health of a foetus. Pregnant women who are classed as obese have double the danger of giving birth to a stillborn baby and have an increased risk of blood clots and high blood pressure.

 

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