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One in 20 pregnant women ‘severely obese’

8th December 2010

A new study has shed light on the extent of maternal obesity in the UK, revealing that maternity services deal with nearly 38,500 (one in 20) pregnant women who are severely obese each year.

Wales has the highest rate of maternal obesity in the UK, with one in every 15 pregnant women deemed to be severely obese.

The report revealed variations across England, ranging from one in every 29 pregnant women in London to one in 16 pregnant women in the east of the country.

There are fears that, since levels of obesity in the general population are rising, the proportion of obese pregnant women will also grow and place an increasing burden on maternity services.

The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE), which published the report yesterday (Tuesday), based its findings on data collected from every maternity unit in the UK.

CMACE clinical director Dr Imogen Stephens said much more needs to be done in the NHS to deal with the growing numbers of obese pregnant women.

"The risks of clinical intervention increase with increasing levels of obesity … All this requires improved and better integrated care for these women," she observed.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800279626-ADNFCR

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