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Clinic targets obese pregnant women

Pregnant women in Edinburgh who are obese will soon be able to attend a new clinic which has been specifically designed to monitor their health.

The clinic has been set up in a bid to reduce the death rate among the city's overweight women and their babies.

Those who attend will be given dietary advice and tips on how to stop their weight increasing during pregnancy, which can lead to complications for both mother and child.

Researchers hope that data gathered from the Metabolic Clinic at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary will give them an insight into why obese women are more likely to develop difficulties during pregnancy.

Statistics show that overweight women are more at risk of suffering problems such as miscarriage during early pregnancy, and have a higher rate of stillbirth than women of average weight.

Andrew Calder, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and head of reproductive and developmental sciences at Edinburgh University, will run the facility when it opens in February.

He said: "Difficulties can arise because it's more difficult to examine an overweight woman, imaging can be difficult because there's more tissue between the scanner and the baby and these are the issues that we will be trying to improve.

"The long-term objective is to learn lessons and be able to continue research on mothers who are overweight and the subsequent impact this has on their offspring."

Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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