Obesity in pregnancy is tied to increased risk of heart defect in baby

04/12/2010 | HealthDay News

Pregnant women who are morbidly obese have a 33% greater risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect compared with women of normal weight, researchers found. "The current findings strongly suggest that by losing weight before they become pregnant, obese women may reduce the chances that their infants will be born with heart defects," an official at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development said.

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