Babies Of Pregnant Obese Teens Face Risk Of Having Asthma

Women who plan to get pregnant better be watchful of your weight of face a deadly health risk. A recent med ical study has shown that babies of obese teenagers who gets pregnant face a high risk of getting inflicted with asthma.  According to reports, the medical researchers got their data from nearly 7,000 teens  teens aged 15 and 16 who were born in northern Finland between July 1985 and June 1986.

To get a realistic finding on their study, the medical researchers even looked at health information collected from the teens’ mothers, including height and weight before pregnancy. Based on the data they gathered from their study, about 10 percent of the teens had wheezing, about 20 percent had wheezing at some point, 6 percent had asthma and 10 percent had asthma at some point.

After accounting for a number of other factors, the researchers found that a mother’s weight before she became pregnant had a strong effect on a teen’s wheeze/asthma risk. The researchers from the Imperial College of London said revealed teens were 20 to 30 percent more likely to whee ze/have a history of wheezing, or to have asthma or a history of asthma, if their mothers were seriously overweight or obese before pregnancy.

It was learned  that every excess kilogram (1 kilogram = 2.2 lbs) of weight on the mother at pregnancy was linked with a 2.7 to 3.5 percent increased risk of wheeze and asthma among teens. Moreover, other factors were accounted for, teens with the heaviest mothers had a 47 percent increased risk of severe wheezing. The researchers explained, the hormonal and metabolic effects of being overweight during pregnancy may interfere with normal fetal development, including the lungs.