According to the research whose findings were published in the journal “Scientific Reports”, scientists working at the University of Southampton in England examined the relationship between two or more miscarriages and weight.
The study, which was conducted by examining the results of the studies on the subject, found that miscarriage, one of the most common problems of early pregnancy, affects 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies.
In the study, it was pointed out that the probability of successive miscarriage is high in expectant mothers whose body mass index is below 18.5 (thin), 25-30 (overweight) and over 30 (obese).
In the study, which stated that lifestyle is effective in abortion as well as many medical factors, it was underlined that the cause of almost half of the abortion cases could not be found.
Physician support in dealing with risk factors
Professor Ying Cheong of the University of Southampton Reproductive Medicine, one of the authors of the study, said that a body mass index below or above normal increases the risk of recurrent miscarriage.
Cheong stated that doctors should support pregnant women to cope with this risk factor.
Body mass index (weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters), which corresponds to the range of 18.5 to 24.9 for adults, is considered ideal. Those with an index of 25-29.9 are overweight, 30-39.9 are obese, and those over 40 are morbidly obese (lethally obese).
According to the World Health Organization, the loss of the baby before reaching the 28th week of pregnancy is called a miscarriage, although there is not a common definition used for miscarriage worldwide.
Even in developed countries, healthy data cannot be reached due to the fact that abortion cases are not recorded systematically.