(Cemech = the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health)
Extract from The Telegraph:
"More than half of women who die after having a child are overweight, as the obesity epidemic drives up the death rate among new mothers, according to a report."
"Obesity is one of the biggest problems facing fertility doctors and obstetricians because of the difficulty that overweight women have in conceiving and, later, the increased risks they face during pregnancy.
The Cemach report comes after the British Fertility Society called for more women to be told to lose weight before they have IVF in order to help them conceive naturally and give birth safely.
The NHS should not fund IVF treatment for women with a body mass index of more than 35, the society said.
Obese women are at greater risk of miscarriage and are more likely to need a caesarean section delivery, which has its own risks and complications.
They are also at increased risk of high blood pressure and blood clots, both of which can prove fatal. Babies born to obese mothers are more likely to suffer congenital abnormalities, be stillborn or die shortly after birth."
Pregnant women are at increased risk from obesity because of hormone changes during pregnancy - e.g. higher oestrogen levels. - Oestrogen is not just a sex hormone; it is a steroid, and in common with many other steroids, when its concentration in the blood increases, the walls of the veins relax and become more vulnerable to the incursion of extra salt/sodium and its accompanying water. - This extra water is, of course, a form of fluid retention: obesity is caused by fluid retention brought about by sodium/salt sensitivity. These pregnant women have become more sensitive to salt/sodium. This is why dieting does not work. The truth should be told - namely that to lose weight it is necessary to give up dieting and concentrate on reducing salt intake. To avoid unhealthy weight gain and many other health problems, it is very important that pregnant mothers keep their salt intake low.
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Wider implications of the flawed theory that excess calorie intake causes obesity
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