Obesity in pregnancy tied to cerebral palsy risk in kids

Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy may be increasing the chances that their baby could be born with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests.

Researchers looked at information on more than 1 million children born to Swedish women who were followed for nearly eight years.

“The overall risk of cerebral palsy was about 2 cases per 1,000 babies born,” said lead researcher Dr. Eduardo Villamor, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Women with the most severe forms of obesity who have babies born at full term may have about twice that risk.”

Moreover, the prevalence of cerebral palsy has increased in children born at full term, he noted.

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