Researchers have found that severely obese mothers stand double the risk of stillbirth and overweight mothers also stand a higher risk of blood clots, high blood pressure and bleeding after birth.
The study itself involved experts from the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) looking into the Body Mass Index (BMI) of pregnant women as well as collecting information from every maternity unit in the country.
Dr Kate Fitzsimons, lead researcher for the project, commented on the importance of knowing how many obese pregnant women there are as this way proper care schemes can begin to be implemented for those who are not receiving the correct care.
The study actually found that a large majority of maternity units do not have the provisions needed to care for very overweight women. Many maternity units have reported a lack of extra-wide wheelchairs, examination couches, trolleys and beds, and only half of obese pregnant women were offered treatment to prevent life threatening blood clots at their first antenatal appointment.
Tim Draycott, a consultant obstetrician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Bristol has seen some of these problems occurring first hand.
“Up until very recently our Caesarean operating table only had a weight limit of 150 kilos (just over 23 and a half stone). He said.
Recommendations from the report include better advice, care and support for women before they get pregnant, as well as better screening for existing medical conditions and possible complications.
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