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Obesity in Mothers May Result in Heart Defects in Babies.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A new study revealed that overweight and obese women are more likely to give birth to babies with congenital heart defects.

According to the study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of having a baby with congenital heart defects was around 18 percent greater if a woman was overweight or obese when she became pregnant than it was among normal-weight women."Congenital heart defects are the most common types of birth defect and among all birth defects they are a leading cause of illness, death and medical expenditures," Edwin Trevathan, director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a statement on Thursday.The research was conducted on 6,440 infants with congenital heart defects and 5,673 infants without birth defects, press tv reported."This provides another reason for women to maintain a healthy weight. In addition to the impact on a woman's own health and the known pregnancy complications associated with maternal obesity, the baby's health could be at risk," said CDC epidemiologist Suzanne Gilboa.The findings of the study have been published in the latest edition of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Date:Oct 3, 2009
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