Obese pregnancy provide fewer nutrients to fetus

Research using rats has found that the fat in placentas of obese mothers stops nutrients from going to the foetus.

Even when the mothers ate a healthy diet, there was still a negative effect on the infants. The results found that the obese mothers gave birth to babies up to 17% smaller than average.

This study highlights the need to identify poor prenatal environments so that doctors can find ways to compensate.

Read more at University of Illinois