Consequences of Maternal Obesity
Re: Risk of major congenital malformations in relation to maternal overweight and obesity severity: cohort study of 1.2 million singletons Martina Persson,1,2 Sven Cnattingius,1 Eduardo Villamor,1,3 Jonas Söderling,1 Björn Pasternak,1,4 Olof Stephansson,1,5 Martin Neovius1 doi:10:1136/bmj.j2563 (Persson et al.)
Overweight and obesity have estimated to have caused about 3.4 million deaths worldwide in 2010 (Ng et al). Obesity seriously impacts fetal and neonatal outcomes (Arabin and Stupin). Maternal obesity is often associated with increased risk of adverse health conditions to both mother and fetus (Carmichael, Rasmussen, and Shaw). The best window opportunity to prevent complications associated with maternal obesity is through interventions such as pre-conception assessment and counseling (Iessa and Bérard). Women within the child bearing age should be informed of the importance of having a healthy lifestyle before getting pregnant.
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