Navigation Links
Overweight Moms More Apt to Have Large Babies, Study Says
Date:5/23/2012

WEDNESDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Being overweight or obese before and during pregnancy is the most reliable predictor of a woman's risk of giving birth to a large baby, which can increase the chances of cesarean section and other complications during delivery, a new study says.

The Canadian study of 472 women also found that elevated levels of blood glucose (sugar) and fats had little effect on the risk of having a big baby. A large baby is defined as a newborn whose weight is in the 90th percentile or above on Canadian fetal growth charts, or more than 8.8 pounds.

The findings support the importance of encouraging a healthy weight in young women as a way to reduce the risk of having a large baby. The results also suggest that more closely monitoring weight gain in overweight and obese women during pregnancy may be a good idea, concluded Dr. Ravi Retnakaran, of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues.

The study appeared online May 22 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

Obstetricians typically focus on managing glucose levels in pregnant women with diabetes, to reduce their risk of having large babies. Recent studies have found a link between glucose levels in pregnant women even without gestational diabetes and the risk of having a larger baby, according to background information in the study.

Proposed new criteria from the International Association of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Groups suggest a lower glucose level cutoff for diagnosing gestational diabetes to help identify women who may be at risk for having a large babies.

But the findings of this new study show that glucose levels are not a significant independent predictor of having a large baby, Dr. Edmond Ryan, of the University of Alberta, noted in an accompanying editorial.

Targeting weight issues may be a more efficient use of health care resources, he suggested.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about pregnancy and healthy weight.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: CMAJ, news release, May 22, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
2. In Moms Eyes, Overweight Toddler May Not Be
3. Overweight Pregnant Women at Higher Risk for Complications
4. Even Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively
5. When Mom-to-Bes Overweight and Smokes, Risk for Birth Defects Rises
6. Lumbar disc degeneration more likely in overweight and obese adults
7. Overweight Teen Girls May Have Higher Acne Risk
8. Overweight 7-Year-Olds Face Higher Risk of Asthma
9. Stress reduction and mindful eating curb weight gain among overweight women
10. Being overweight not such a stigma for African American women
11. Most Doctors Dont Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/29/2020)... ... ... When professor and author Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he accepted his ... however, he put together a final lecture in Carnegie Hall in which he offered ... and turned it into something that inspired millions of people worldwide. This inclination to ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... to help treat patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, while reducing the need ... oxygen, but it captures exhaled gas and scrubs it free of carbon dioxide ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... With in-person gluten-free events being ... helping the specialty-diet community connect with great, gluten-free brands. At the Online ... chat with brands & watch over 50 educational classes... all online from the ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... role in advising Adventist Health on its investment in Synchronous Health, a tech-enabled ... company that combines the strength of human empathy with artificial intelligence (AI) to ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... August 27, 2020 , ... Walk-in Dermatology’s SK-IN Medical Aesthetics ... Greenvale, New York location. , Loren received her New York esthetic license ... in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Hydrafacial MD, dermaplaning, facial lymphatic, and various laser procedures. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... ... Bleep LLC, maker of the DreamPort mask-less CPAP solution, announced today that ... , “In my line of work, a good night of sleep is critical to ... a Bleeping no brainer for me,” said Jensen. “From the moment I started using ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... ... The GHT Companies , a leading developer and distributor of nutraceutical products, ... with a press conference at its manufacturing facility in Vista. Here are the ... overall donation result exceeding $30,000 to Feeding San Diego, Who: Jim Rex, CEO, ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... Mo. (PRWEB) , ... August ... ... a member of Eurofins BioPharma Services, Laboratory Testing division, expands its technology ... existing suite of Flow Cytometry platforms available. With industry-leading biomarker solutions, complemented ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: