Washington: Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to have preterm delivery, according to a new Swedish study.Those with the highest Body Mass Index (BMI) also had the highest statistical risk of giving preterm birth - and especially extremely preterm birth."For the individual woman who is overweight or obese, the risk of an extremely preterm delivery is still small. However, these finding are important from a population perspective. Preterm infants and, above all, extremely preterm infants account for a substantial fraction of infant mortality and morbidity in high income countries," said Dr. Sven Cnattingius, Professor at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, who led the study.In the study, Dr. Cnattingius and colleagues at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Michigan, U.S., used information from 1.5 million singleton deliveries included in the population-based Swedish Medical Birth Register from 1992 through 2010.
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