What is the correlation between body weight and preeclampsia?

Updated: Nov 29, 2018
  • Author: Kee-Hak Lim, MD; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Body weight is strongly correlated with progressively increased preeclampsia risk, ranging from 4.3% for women with a body mass index (BMI) below 20 kg/m2 to 13.3% in those with a BMI over 35 kg/m2. A United Kingdom study on obesity showed that 9% of extremely obese women were preeclamptic, compared with 2% of matched controls. [40]


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