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Hypertension and placental diseases are most common causes of stillbirth in obese women, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4658
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The risk of stillbirth increases with increasing overweight, and hypertension and placental diseases are the most common causes of fetal death in this group, a study from the United States has found.

The researchers randomly sampled 1829 singleton deliveries from a cohort of 68 437 eligible births between 2003 and 2010 at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.1 They added all remaining cases of stillbirth that occurred during the study period but that were not already in the random sample, giving …

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