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Obesity in pregnancy is related to higher rates of cerebral palsy, study finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1215 (Published 08 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1215
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Women who are overweight or obese in early pregnancy are more likely to have a child with cerebral palsy than women of normal weight, a large Swedish cohort study published in JAMA has shown.

Despite advances in obstetric and neonatal care in recent years, the prevalence of cerebral palsy in children born at full term has risen. Although preterm delivery is a risk factor, most children with cerebral palsy are born at full term, and the …

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