Infant Mortality Risk Greater in Obese Mothers

the MPR take:

Research published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that a link between maternal overweight and obesity and infant death does exist, however the cause for the association has not been fully elucidated. A review of healthcare databases and observational studies showed that mothers who were categorized as obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) were more likely to have an infant death (odds ratio 1.42), while women who were considered most obese (BMI >35) had even greater odds (odds ratio 2.03). Researchers note that further studies will need to be conducted to understand the true nature of the association between obese mothers and infant mortality.

Infant Mortality Risk Greater in Obese Mothers
Infant Mortality Risk Greater in Obese Mothers
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Despite numerous studies reporting an elevated risk of infant mortality among women who are obese, the magnitude of the association is unclear. A systematic review and meta-analysis was undertaken to assess the association between maternal overweight or obesity and ...

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