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Healthy Living Today: Pregnancy and BMI

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It's common knowledge that pregnant women need to keep their weight down.  When expectant moms pack on pounds, they put themselves at risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes or even stroke.

Now a big study out Scotland, of more than 100,000 women, found that expectant women who are either obese or underweight are taking a chance that could cause complications during pregnancy or send them back to the hospital after their child is born.

They found severely obese women had three times the risk of those pregnant women who were average weight for developing hypertension or gestational diabetes. And underweight women had an 8% increased risk for admission to the hospital after pregnancy over women who had average body mass indexes.

Doctors say this just goes to show why it's important for pregnant women to keep an eye on their weight as soon as they become pregnant.

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