A new study, featured in the current issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that mamas who are overweight or obese...
A new study, featured in the current issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that mamas who are overweight or obese have a smaller risk of experiencing a preterm birth than mamas who are of normal weight or underweight. This isn't to say that you should stock up on potato chips and ice cream though. The study looked at women who were already at risk for preterm birth. Many women aren't at risk for preterm birth, so the weight issue would be a moot point. Not to mention that being overweight during pregnancy can come with a host of other issues. What this study may mean to you:  If you are at risk for preterm labor and birth, your weight may play a part in whether or not you actually do go into preterm labor. For some reason, researchers found that women who weighed more than then they should during pregnancy experienced less uterine activity, which is likely why the chance of preterm birth was lower. This study is just one more tool that health care providers can use to access your personal risk so that they can help you to have a healthier pregnancy.

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