Navigation Links
Pregnant women who are overweight put their infants at risk
Date:1/20/2010

In recent years, there has been a large increase in the prevalence of overweight and obese women of childbearing age, with approximately 51% of non-pregnant women ages 20 to 39 being classified as overweight or obese.

A new article published in the journal Nursing for Women's Health finds that obesity in pregnant women is associated with pregnancy complications, birth defects, as well as a greater risk of childhood and adult obesity in infants born to obese mothers.

Merrie Rebecca Walters, RN, and Julie Smith Taylor, PhD, RNC, WHNP-BC, reviewed the potential consequences of maternal obesity. Results show that obese women are more likely to have an infant with a neural tube defect, heart defects, or multiple anomalies than women with a normal BMI.

Obese pregnant women also put themselves at a higher risk of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, hypertension, preeclampsia, induction of labor, cesarean delivery, and postpartum hemorrhage, compared with women with normal pregnancy body mass indexes.

Additionally, information from the article explains that obesity among pregnant mothers is linked to childhood obesity in their infants. Obesity during pregnancy more than doubles the risk of obesity in children at two to four years of age. Also, the risk of obesity in children born to obese mothers may extend into their adolescence, with the risk of obesity during adulthood being greater among obese children.

The article emphasizes the need for women to consult with their healthcare providers about what their ideal pre-conception weight should be. "Assisting women of childbearing age to achieve and maintain a healthful weight prior to conception will potentially minimize health risks to both mothers and infants," the authors note.

Additionally, strategies for breaking the cycle of obesity include breastfeeding. Research has shown that mothers who breastfeed have a significantly higher weight loss than mothers who formula feed from 1 to 12 months postpartum. Also, breastfeeding may be beneficial in reducing excessive weight gain in infants, therefore reducing the risk of future childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.

"Health care providers must recognize the association between maternal obesity and childhood obesity and work to break the cycle of obesity before it becomes the leading cause of mortality in the United States."


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
amolnar@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Eating junk food whilst pregnant and breastfeeding may lead to obese offspring
2. Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant: Birth Defects
3. Passive smoking increases sleep disturbance among pregnant women
4. Teen girls report abusive boyfriends try to get them pregnant
5. Multiple corticosteroid injections in pregnant women may increase cerebral palsy
6. Stop-Smoking Therapies Have Benefits, Risks for Pregnant Women
7. New transfusion rules restrict donations from previously pregnant women
8. Statement by Gerald Leape, Vice President, Marine Conservation, National Environmental Trust, on a New Recommendation From Scientists Urging Pregnant Women to Eat More Fish
9. Fish Safe for Pregnant Women to Eat
10. Purified Fish Oil Concentrates Offer Solution to Current Seafood Controversy for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women!
11. Thyroid Test Wont Help Pregnant Mom, Baby
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/19/2017)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... locally owned insurance agency which serves Lawrenceville, New Jersey and the surrounding area, ... , Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Attorney Robert “RC” Pate , founder ... money to the Triumph Over Kid Cancer foundation. Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed ... James saw firsthand the effect of the critical funding gap for research into pediatric ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... Reproductive Endocrinologists at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) have earned “Top ... Cynthia Murdock and Dr. Shaun Williams have each been chosen by their peers ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... Bill Howe ... collaboration with the American Heart Association; “Howe” Healthy is Your Heart Drawing Contest ... healthy and active. Each year, Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air receives over 600 ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... The 21st Century Cures ... **An FDAnews Webinar**, Jan. 26, 2016 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, ... Century Cures Act in order to thrive this year? , The passage of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... India , January 18, 2017 ... Imaging Technologies Market by Type: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry ... size was valued at $2,544 million in 2015 and is ... CAGR of 8.4% from 2016 to 2022. North ... accounted for over three-fourths market share in 2015. Ionizing breast ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... Jan. 18, 2017   Spotlight Innovation Inc. ... Therapeutics plans, in the second quarter of 2017, ... roll-on intended to provide relief from chronic pain, ... analgesics. It was developed under a licensing agreement ... products derived from snake venom. Additionally, Caretta Therapeutics ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... DIEGO , Jan. 18, 2017  Dermata ... innovative products to treat a variety of dermatological ... lead compound DMT210, in a Phase 2 acne ... developed to downregulate the proinflammatory cytokines in the ... in acne rosacea. This clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: