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Obese women at greater risk of repeat miscarriages

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, November 04, 2009 | 1 comments

 When maternal age and number of previous miscarriages were taken into account, those women who were obese were shown to have a higher chance of a further miscarriage  Photo: PAObese women run a greater risk of repeat miscarriages and should be warned to lose weight before they try and become pregnant again, according to a new study.

Researchers at St Mary's Hospital in London found that obese women who had suffered one miscarriage had a significantly increased risk of a further miscarriage compared to those who were of a normal weight.

The 11-year study investigated the effect of body mass index (BMI) on unexplained recurrent miscarriages. The women had their BMI measured and were placed into one of four categories: underweight; normal; overweight; and obese.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. john says:

    I think that it is great that they are going to try counselling obese women into weight loss before they fall pregnant. It is not only a risk for miscarriage but is bad for their health.

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