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Expatriate Insurance News: Obesity 'increases risk of caesarean'

Expatriate healthcare customers might want to keep an eye on their weight if they are considering pregnancy.

According to recent research published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a high BMI in pregnancy can increase the number of risks involved with the birth.

Indeed, the chance of caesarean section is higher, as is the risk of a postpartum haemorrhage, maternal hypertension, gestational diabetes and foetal death.

Meanwhile, prolonged pregnancy was seen in 30 per cent of obese women, compared to just 22.3 per cent of normal weight women.

Dr Sarah Arrowsmith, from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Translational Medicine, commented: "The fact that the majority of obese women did have a vaginal delivery, with labour complications being largely comparable to normal weight women, suggests that induction of labour in obese women with prolonged pregnancy is a safe method for managing these difficult pregnancies."

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