Normal Weight Not Just for Looks

A large global meta-analysis found nearly 25% increase in fetal death and stillbirths per five-unit increase in maternal BMI. Being overweight or obese before becoming pregnant increased the risk of poor outcomes compared to normal-weight women. The greatest risk was for the heaviest women, and this dose-response relationship suggests underlying biological mechanisms. The optimal pre-pregnancy BMI and…

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Preventing Stillbirths

Research has revealed that the major risk factors for stillbirths in high-income countries are largely modifiable. Australian investigators found the following factors most critical:Maternal weight (BMI >25, risk more than doubled when >30)Smoking (>10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy)Maternal age (>40 years)These risk factors for stillbirth are controllable by maternal choices, which is really good…

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