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Mothers’ obesity increases the risk of foetal and infant death

6 April 2011

Women who are obese during early pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of their baby dying before, during or up to one year after birth, according to research published in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction today.

Obese women have higher risk of bleeding & infections after hysterectomy

A second paper also published in the journal today shows that obesity increases the risk of complications, such as bleeding and infections, during and after a hysterectomy operation.

Read the papers:

Maternal body mass index and the risk of fetal and infant death: a cohort study from the North of England

Body mass and risk of complications after hysterectomy on benign indications

Published in Human Reproduction, Advance Access, 5 April 2011.

Read the press release here.

In the press

Telegraph - Babies of obese women more likely to die

TIME - Obese Women Are More Likely to Miscarry or Endure a Baby's Death

Daily Mail - Obese women 'twice as likely to lose baby in first year'