A new study says pregnant women who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn baby. Researchers came to that conclusion after conducting a review of 38 past studies. They found even a modest increase in an obese pregnant woman's weight is linked to an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth and infant death. The highest risk was in women considered severely obese.
But even women who are considered overweight were found to experience increased complications. Researchers say while the risk is increased for women with higher BMI's, the absolute risk of stillbirth is low, meaning it's uncommon.
They advise women who plan to have children to be as close to their ideal weight as possible.