Obesity Can Trigger Extremely Preterm Birth, Study Says

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Extreme preterm births, or those before 28 weeks of pregnancy, could be caused by obesity, according to a new study compiled by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In general, a preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 weeks. Most occur sometime between 28 and 37 weeks, but giving birth before... Read more

Will You Tune into Obese & Expecting?

I don’t know how TLC comes up with this stuff – they already have TV gems like Say Yes to the Dress, Toddlers and Tiaras and my newly discovered favorite, Long Island Medium. But now they’re really going to the extremes with a new docu-drama called Obese & Expecting. That’s right, it’s a show about... Read more

Maternal Diabetes and Obesity Can Put Baby at Risk for Autism

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Here’s another reason to watch your nutrition during pregnancy: Moms who have diabetes or are overweight are more likely to have a child with autism. A new study published in Pediatrics by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute found that moms who were obese were one to two-thirds more likely to... Read more