Obese expectant moms may be making babies fat before they're even born.
To avoid having to weigh some of his overweight maternity patients on the hospital loading dock, one OB/GYN in Michigan recently replaced the standard scales in his office with new ones that accommodate more than 800 pounds.
This is just one extreme example of the growing trend of seriously overweight moms-to-be that was recently reported in The New York Times. The story highlights some disturbing stats, including the fact that one in five women who give birth in the U.S. is obese. In addition, more OB/GYNs report that they are seeing pregnant women who are morbidly obese--weighing in at as much as 600 pounds. In fact, the Michigan doctor, who already sees more than a dozen morbidly obese pregnant women per month, will direct his hospital's new center for Bariatric Obstetric Care, which caters to overweight women and opens later this summer.