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Pre-pregnancy obesity, diabetes may increase pediatric psychiatric disorder risk

Children whose mothers had pre-pregnancy obesity but not pregestational diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes mellitus were slightly more likely to develop neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorders, compared with those whose mothers weren't obese prior to pregnancy, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed fourfold higher risk of neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorders and a sixfold increased odds of autism spectrum disorder among those born to mothers who were severely obese and had PGDM.

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