Newscasting from the USA: Early Pregnancy Obesity Linked to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

Early pregnancy obesity is associated with a higher incidence of postpartum hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, according to a study published online Oct. 10 in Circulation Research.

Sadiya S. Khan, M.D., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues examined the correlation between body mass index and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs), including hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, preterm birth, small-for-gestational-age birth, and gestational diabetes, and postpartum cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in a sample of adults from the Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-To-Be Heart Health Study, enrolled in their first trimester. A total of 4,216 participants were enrolled and had a follow-up visit at 3.7 years postpartum.

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