While it is important to gain a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy, studies have shown that, during pregnancy, obesity — when an individual’s body mass index is 30.0 or higher — can have especially negative impacts for mothers. Now, new research suggests that is also harmful to babies. Findings from a new study even link obesity during pregnancy with birth defects.
The study, published by The BMJ, pulled from a large sampling of over 1 million women in order to observe the correlation, and potential causation, between weight during pregnancy and risk of birth defects. According to the study’s findings, 3.4 percent of women who were classified as underweight or found to be within the healthy weight range during their pregnancies went on to give birth to babies with malformations. Of the women placed in the overweight group, 3.5 percent gave birth to babies with congenital defects.
Researchers then further divided women placed in the “obese” range into the three categories based on body mass index. The class 1 group, those who had BMIs…
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