Obesity Increases Maternal Death

Obesity is the fastest growing cause of women dying in pregnancy or childbirth, a UK report shows. It suggested for taking extra care of pregnant women to reduce unexpected death.

More than half the 295 women who died during or after pregnancy between 2003 and 2005 were overweight or obese.

Gwyneth Lewis, CEMACH director and the government`s maternity tsar, said the figures showed that childbirth was very safe in the UK. But she said the growing evidence of a link to obesity was a cause for concern.

She also said that obese pregnant women are probably at four or five times greater risk of suffering maternal death than a woman of normal weight and the same for their babies dying.

The report says excess weight not only puts a woman at risk of medical complications, it can mask symptoms and cause logistical problems.

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