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.
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