Obesity during pregnancy may increase risk of very ‘large babies’

Obesity during pregnancy may increase risk of very ‘large babies’

According to a new research study, women who are obese during their pregnancy may face a higher risk of giving birth to abnormally large babies.

Researchers found that obesity and diabetes during pregnancy can cause "abnormally large" babies and they also pointed out that it increases risks for the mother during childbirth. They also found that the women most at risk are currently screened much later.

The researchers at the University of Cambridge said that the condition increases risk for the children to develop obesity and diabetes during their lifetime. They found that women who develop diabetes while pregnant, a condition described as gestational diabetes, are five times more likely to be very large by the sixth month of pregnancy.

Guidelines in the United Kingdom recommend that mothers at risk of developing gestationaldiabetes should be offered test between 24 and 28 weeks into pregnancy. However, most people are screened at the 28 week mark, which is much later than recommended time for the screening.

Dr Ulla Sovio, the study's lead author, said, "Our study suggests that the babies of women subsequently diagnosed with gestational diabetes are already abnormally large by the time their mothers are tested for the disease."

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