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Obesity linked to birth risks

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Routine monitoring the height and weight of pregnant women should be extended to all maternity units in a bid to tackle the growing obesity crisis among expectant mothers, say researchers.

Routine monitoring the height and weight of pregnant women should be extended to all maternity units in a bid to tackle the growing obesity crisis among expectant mothers, say researchers.

The recommendation was made in a University of Teesside study, which revealed that obese women have higher levels of morbidity and a higher dependency on care.

Researchers interviewed 33 heads of midwifery, midwives, obstetricians and other professionals from maternity units in the north east of England.

Study author Carolyn Summerbell, who heads up theUniversity's Centre for Food, Physical Activity and Obesity Research, said: 'Our initial findings show reasons for concern with obese pregnant mothers, and there is a lack of weight management guidance and support readily available for them.'

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