Overweight pregnant women have a 19% chance that their newborns will need NICU care, compared with a 15% risk overall, according to statistics from the Women's Health Division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina. According to the hospital's data, women who had a cesarean birth weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who had vaginal births, and overweight women were more likely to have bigger babies.
S.C. hospital study links mother's obesity to NICU care
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