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Link found between maternal obesity and cerebral palsy

Swedish study has discovered an increased incidence of cerebral palsy is associated with obesity in pregnancy.
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A Swedish study has discovered an increased incidence of cerebral palsy is associated with obesity in pregnancy

Neonatal and obstetric care has seen vast advances in the last ten years. However, despite the improvements made in these areas, the incidence of cerebral palsy has risen.

Obesity in pregnancy can cause risks with preterm delivery, congenital malformations and neonatal breathing complications, all of which increase the risk of cerebral palsy.

Through examining national birth registers of 1,423,929 children it was found that more than 3,000 had cerebral palsy. In 71% of the cases of children with cerebral palsy their mothers had higher maternal body mass indexes of 25 BMI or more.

This is significant, but maternal obesity may not be the only reason for the sharp rise in cases of cerebral palsy.

Obesity can be linked to many


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