Pre-pregnancy weight loss reduces risk of blood pressure disorders and diabetes during pregnancy.


A recent retrospective study of 500 American women revealed that those who had lost a significant amount of weight during the four year period prior to delivery had only a 10% chance of pre-eclampsia (hypertension and kidney dysfunction) compared to a 31% incidence in obese women who did not lose weight before the delivery. Obese mothers also had twice the incidence of gestational diabetes (often a precursor of type II diabetes later in life) compared to with the mothers who lost significant weight before delivery.

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