A report which surveyed more than 6000 pregnant women at Goulburn Valley Health over three years found almost two-thirds were overweight and at risk of birth and pregnancy complications.
Former Goulburn Valley Health director of obstetrics and gynaecology Glyn Teale has co-authored a report on the alarming number of pregnant women in rural areas who are overweight or obese.
The research, published in the Medical Journal of Australia today, was prompted after an on-call shift where he attended the deliveries of three obese pregnant women at Goulburn Valley Health.
Obstetricans are concerned more newborns could be at risk of dying due to the high rates of overweight and obese women.
The survey of more than 6000 pregnant women's weight at Goulburn Valley Health was conducted from 2005 to 2008 and found almost two-thirds were overweight or obese.
These women were more likely to experience pregnancy and birth complications.
For more, see tomorrow's Shepparton News.
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