Obese Moms Increase Infant Mortality Risk

New research Epidemiology claims babies born to obese moms are more likely to die in the first weeks of life than infants of normal-weight mothers. Scientists examined medical records of more than 4,000 babies who died in infancy and records of over 7,000 surviving babies and found among the babies who died, 8.8% had obese mothers, compared to 5.9% of surviving infants. And women who gained the most weight during pregnancy had the highest rate of infant mortality; Reuters reports.

A previous study determined a mother’s diet can actually influence the gender of her baby and gaining too much weight during pregnancy can increase a child’s likelihood of becoming overweight, even into their teenager years. Wow, good thing my mom ate like a bird when she was spawning me.

So, be careful when you’re pregnant! Dr. Fuhrman suggests avoiding things like cat litter, paint thinner and smoking and not eating foods like deli meat, sushi and alcohol.

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Michelle - February 4, 2009 12:44 PM

Something scary is that young women are starting out obese even before they have kids, so once they get pregnant they are extremely large and sickly.

Love the graphic. Hilarious! :)

James - February 4, 2009 11:35 PM

Um, isn't a woman supposed to gain SOME weight in order for the fetus to develop healthfully? How much is too much and how little is too little?

I can't stop myself........."damn you vile woman!"

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