Obesity linked to increased caesarean section risk

January 2, 2001 in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Weight Management

Obesity linked to increased caesarean section risk

According to researchers from the Milwaukee Clinical Campus of University of Wisconsin obesity may increase the chances of caesarean section. The study found that obese women are three to four times as likely as thinner women to undergo a caesarean section.

The researchers also found that women who gained excess weight in pregnancy doubled their risk of caesarean section. Of the women who were overweight before they got pregnant, 70% gained more than the recommended amount of weight during their pregnancies.

Several other factors also contributed to an increased C-section risk: first pregnancy, first delivery, and shortness in height.

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