Another news item that was found in the MNT (Medical News Today) talks about the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and pregnant Women.
This research was done by
They have found that ‘as body mass index increased in pregnant women, so did the prevalence of adverse outcomes and complications', such as:
(a) Gestational diabetes (i.e., temporary diabetes during pregnancy)
(b) Prenatal mortality (i.e., death before birth)
(c) Hypertension in pregnancy (i.e., high blood pressure during pregnancy)
(d) Stillbirth (i.e., delivery of dead baby)
(e) Caesarean section (i.e., delivery by Caesarean surgery),
(f) Neonatal mortality (i.e., death within first six weeks after birth)
(g) Preterm birth (i.e., delivery before the 37th week of pregnancy)
(h) Neonatal morbidities (including Jaundice) (i.e., Occurrence of death-causing disease within the first six weeks after birth, including yellow skin/eye disease)
(i) Respiratory syndrome (i.e., difficulty to breath)
(j) Hypoglycemia (i.e., low blood sugar content)
(k) Neonatal intensive care unit admission (i.e., Admitting the baby into ICU within the first six weeks after birth)
So, according to the researchers, the Maternal BMI can be used as a marker of pregnancy risks, and this would help in taking precautionary measures.