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Obesity, once considered a major problem only in the USA, is now a global epidemic and related to chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and some cancers.1 Pregnancy in obese women is also known to increase the risks of maternal and fetal complications including gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, macrosomia and stillbirth.2 It has been acknowledged that obese pregnant women are at increased risk for preterm delivery, but this was generally believed to be secondary to indicated deliveries for chronic diseases related to obesity. However, this new …
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