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Pregnant Obese Women Face A Unique Set Of Challenges

December 21, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Obese women can experience healthy and successful pregnancies as long as they cope with the special challenges they face, a U.S. researcher reports. For example, forty percent of obese pregnant women are deficient in iron, 24 percent in folic acid, and four percent in vitamin B12. These deficiencies can cause cardiac problems and spinal defects in newborns. It is a myth that obese women need to gain 15 pounds during pregnancy. The fact is that excessive weight gain during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications, including preterm birth, failed labor induction, etc. Other topics reviewed by the author include obese women and the risk of spontaneous preterm birth and respiratory complications, and the likelihood of breastfeeding.
Loralei L. Thornburg, "Antepartum Obstetrical Complications Associated with Obesity", Seminars in Perinatology, December 21, 2011, © Elsevier Inc.
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