Cerebral Palsy
A higher BMI during pregnancy is linked with an increased rate of cerebral palsy suggests new research.(Istock)

Being overweight or obese early in pregnancy can increase the risk of cerebral palsy in children, claims a new study.

Carried out by a team from the University of Michigan, the researchers looked at women with children born in Sweden between 1997 and 2011.

Using national registries, the team followed 1,423,929 children for a cerebral palsy diagnosis through 2012, finding that 3,029 infants were diagnosed with cerebral palsy during the follow-up.

After analysing the data, the team found that being overweight during pregnancy, indicated by body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, or obese, with a BMI of 30 or greater, was associated with increasing rates of cerebral palsy.

Despite advances and improvements in obstetric and neonatal care, cases of cerebral palsy increased from 1998 through 2006 in children born at full term. (Shutterstock)

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