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Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Date:10/1/2009

re the most common types of birth defect, and among all birth defects, they are a leading cause of illness, death, and medical expenditures," Dr. Edwin Trevathan, director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in the news release. "Women who are obese and who are planning a pregnancy could benefit by working with their physicians to achieve a healthy weight before pregnancy."

The study is the largest effort ever undertaken in the United States to identify risk factors for birth defects, the CDC said.

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The March of Dimes has more about congenital heart defects.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Oct. 1, 2009


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