Moms Weight Influences Infant Mortality Risks

A large population-based study in Sweden reports that women who gain 4 or more BMI points after their first pregnancy were more likely to experience infant mortality or stillbirth in the second pregnancy compared to those whose weight remained stable. Even women who experienced a smaller weight gain had a bigger risk. More research is needed,…

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High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Stillbirth

Average American daily fat intake is 34% of daily calories.  Research has found that feeding a high-fat diet (32% of calories) to both lean and obese monkeys decreased uterine blood flow 38-56% and increased placental inflammatory cytokines, compared to a low-fat diet (14% fat). These changes occurred in both the normal weight and obese animals. …

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