What you need to know about premature babies

Pregnant women who become overweight or obese are more likely to develop premature babies.

They also have a greater risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Now a new study has found that the condition is more common in women who are overweight or have an obesity diagnosis.

The study of more than 2,400 women found that those with obesity and a BMI between 18.5 and 25 were more than twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women with a BMI under 18.

The risk of premature babies was higher in women with an obese BMI compared to those with a normal BMI.

The risk of death was also higher in the overweight women.

The authors said their study was the first to show that an overweight and obesity diagnosis was associated with increased risk of the birth of premature infants.

“Obesity is a risk factor for premature birth, especially in women of preterm birth, but its association with birth weight and death is not known,” the study said.

“The findings indicate that obesity may be a risk for premature babies in overweight women.”

The study was conducted at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Centre for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Health, Disability, Family and Community Services.

The Centre for Obesity and Related Disorders (CASHDEP) said the findings supported previous research that found overweight women who developed obesity had a higher risk of having a premature baby.

“We know from previous studies that obese women have a higher chance of pre-term birth and that this is a particular risk in women at high risk for pre-eclampsia,” Dr Paul Williams, an obesity specialist at the Centre for Weight and Disease at CASHDEP, said.

But he said the study was more conclusive than previous research on the relationship between obesity and pre-birth mortality.

“This is the first study to show a positive association between an overweight diagnosis and preterm delivery,” Dr Williams said.

Women with an obesity diagnoses also had a greater number of babies than the women with normal BMI and less pre-natal growth, the study found.

“Our findings are consistent with previous studies, showing that obese mothers have a significantly higher risk for the birth to be premature compared to normal-weight mothers,” Dr Simon Pritchard, from the University of Western Australia, said in a statement.

The research, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was conducted by Dr Pritcher and Dr Williams, as part of a study of nearly 500,000 women in the US.

They found that women who had an obesity and an obesity-related diagnosis were at increased risk for a premature birth.

The most common cause of premature birth in women is preeclampsias, the condition in which the uterus can’t accommodate the growing fetus.

In the study, the risk of prenatal mortality in women diagnosed with an overweight or obesity diagnosis increased from 12.5 to 18.6 per 100,000 live births.

This risk rose by 16 per cent among women with pre-existing conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, which were also associated with premature births.

Women diagnosed with diabetes also had an increased risk.

“These findings suggest that an obesity, or an abnormal BMI, diagnosis in preterm deliveries, may increase the risk for morbidity and mortality in pregnancy,” Dr Pietersen said.