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Overweight, Obese Mothers Deliver Preterm Babies

by Ryan Halvorson on Oct 19, 2010

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According to the online version of the British Medical Journal (2010; 341:c3428), overweight and obese women have a greater likelihood of delivering preterm babies. Examining data from 84 studies that included more than 1 million women, researchers found that overweight and obese women had a 30% higher risk of delivery before 32 weeks gestation, and a higher risk of induced preterm birth before 37 weeks. “Unlike many causes of preterm birth, maternal overweight and obesity represent a potentially preventable cause of the leading source of neonatal mortality and morbidity and morbidity through childhood,” stated the study authors. “Ideally, overweight or obese women should have prepregnancy counseling so they are informed of their perinatal risks and can try to optimize their weight before pregnancy.”

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (; contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.