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Top 5 Pregnancy Facts from SMFM 2017

Every January, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine hosts their annual conference, "The Pregnancy Meeting." I was honored to be able to join the party this year in Las Vegas, where hundreds of brilliant OBGYNs and MFM specialists came together to summit on the latest research pertaining to pregnancy. Naturally, I dutifully collected the most interesting factoids for my blog and Twitter friends. Below are the five most popular findings, as voted by the awesome @Elmtreemedical Twitter community.

Obesity & Fetal Brain Development

We’ve all heard about the “obesity epidemic” in America and about the increased risks associated with maternal obesity in pregnancy. But, a new body of research is uncovering risks of obesity that go beyond the infant’s risk for metabolic disorders and affect the infant’s brain development. Pregnancy is arguably the most important time period for neural development, and the ways in which maternal obesity and excessive weight gain in pregnancy can affect neural development are alarming.