Pregnancy and Obesity

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25% of pregnant women are obese and morbidly obese today which is causing serious complications during pregnancy and delivery, according to a study at the University of Ottawa.

There’s more hypertension,, an increase in gestational diabetes, emergency caesarean sections  and protein in the mothers urine that can cause kidney or liver failure.

The fetus also has double the risk of congenital heart disease, spina bifida and other birth defects since the extra fat doesn’t allow for clear ultrasounds.

Hospitals are purchasing stronger operating room tables, extra-wide chairs and heavier scales. Inserting  an epidural and caesarian surgery becomes more difficult due to the excess fat.

These babies are more likely to become obese and develop high blood pressure and diabetes later in life.

The answer lies in education and prevention of obesity in young women.

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