Fat baby test fails
TREATING obese pregnant women with a diabetes drug does not stop their babies from being born overweight.
A study shows heavier babies are more likely to grow into overweight adults and doctors had hoped the treatment would help to reduce obesity rates as well as lower the number of difficult births.
The research, led by the University of Edinburgh, tested whether treating overweight mothers- to- be with the diabetes drug metformin would reduce the weight of their babies.
But they found there was no difference in the weight of babies born to mothers who received the treatment compared with a group of women who received a dummy pill.
Metformin also had no effect on the number of birth complications, such as miscarriages and still births.
The treatment did help to reduce blood sugar levels in the mothers- to- be and helped to lower the levels of other markers that have been linked to pre- eclampsia and premature births.