Babies born to obese mums face more complications

Obesity may be as important as hypertension and diabetes as a factor influencing birth outcomes

Babies born to obese mothers are more likely to face complications as newborns, even if the mother doesn't have hypertension or diabetes, a new study suggests.

Obesity may be as important as hypertension and diabetes as a modifiable risk factor to improve birth outcomes, the study authors write in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The authors studied 3311 obese women and 3147 non-obese women who had full-term vaginal deliveries.

None of the women had diabetes or hypertension.

About 9% of the babies of obese mothers had complications, compared to about 7% of infants born to non-obese women.

The infants of obese mothers were more likely to have hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy and require hypothermia treatment.

The newborns of obese patients were also more likely to have suspected sepsis, although bacteria culture results showed actual sepsis rates didn't