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Obesity During Pregnancy May Lead Directly to Fetal Overgrowth, NIH Study Suggests

Bethesda, Maryland—(ENEWSPF)—November 13, 2017

By: Robert Bock and Meredith Daly

Obesity during pregnancy — independent of its health consequences such as diabetes — may account for the higher risk of giving birth to an atypically large infant, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Their study appears in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Our results underscore the importance of attaining a healthy body weight before pregnancy,” said the study’s lead author, Cuilin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy . . .

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