30/06/2010 11:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Overweight Women Of Child-Bearing Age Are Reducing Their Baby Chances

A reproductive medicine expert is claiming that half of all women of child-bearing age are reducing their chances of having a baby by being overweight.

Recent research into IVF has indicated that women double the risk of miscarrying a child if they are too overweight, regardless of how healthy the potential embryo is.

The research was carried out by scientists at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London. They looked at healthy IVF embryos and concluded that weight was the biggest factor for failed pregnancies. This follows previous research that suggests being overweight can cause more miscarriages in natural pregnancies too.

Recent figures suggest that 50 of women of reproductive age in the UK are obese. A large proportion of women are jeopardising their chances of having children. It's an extremely important issue."

Source: Nursing in Practice