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Obese women less likely to become pregnant

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Obese women could be 28% less likely to become pregnant than their healthy counterparts, US scientists have found.

Barbara Luke, a professor at Michigan State University, also claims obesity impacts upon the chance of a successful birth, with as many as 14% of obese women investigated experiencing difficulties during pregnancy.

Her team looked at the effect increasing BMI had on a woman’s ability to become pregnant using assisted reproductive technology and how obesity affects pregnancy outcomes, with the results then being compared to women with a normal BMI.

Ms Luke said the results were “not surprising”.

“Obesity is a state of inflammation and is not a good environment for conception or foetal development, once you become pregnant, the baby is developing in that environment. The key message is to lose weight, prior to conception, and focus on pre-conception health issues.”

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