Although women with a BMI between 35.1 and 40 also were subjected to the same risks, the incidence was notably lower. Indeed, researchers say the lower a woman's BMI, even by just a few points, the lower her risk of problems.
According to Cendergren, the risk of gaining excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy is as detrimental as being very overweight going into the pregnancy.
To learn more about obesity and pregnancy, visit The March of Dimes. Or visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for the very latest guidelines on controlling obesity.
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