Maternal Obesity in the UK

A recent report “Maternal Obesity in the UK: Findings from a National Project” has revealed the prevalence of severe maternal obesity (BMI ≥ 35) in the UK. The prevalence of women with a BMI ≥ 35 at any point in pregnancy, who gave birth ≥ 24 weeks' gestation was 4.99%.

Variation was seen across the UK nations with Wales having the highest overall prevalence (1 in 15 maternities). Women with obesity were found to be twice as likely to have a stillborn baby as women with a healthy BMI. Among women with a BMI ≥ 35, each unit increase in BMI was associated with a 7% increased risk of stillbirth.
 

 

Posted: 25/03/2011 14:46:44 by Christine Connolly


 

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