A new study has linked obesity in pregnant women to an increased occurrence of heart defects in infants.

Women who were overweight or obese before pregnancy were about 18 percent more likely than normal weight women to have a baby with certain kinds of heart defects, including obstructive defects on the right side of the heart and defects in the tissue that separates the two upper chambers of the heart. Severely obese women had a 30 percent increased risk compared to normal weight women, the study authors noted.

When we longed known that obesity can have a negative impact on an individual, but it is something surprising to hear how it could cause damage to an infant. How this I occurs? I am not sure. It does warrant some attention and give even more reason to get and stay fit.

Source: HealthDay News