12/05/2011 12:29 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Obese Mums-To-Be Given Anti-Fat Pill


Overweight mums-to-be are being given medication to stop them having fat babies.

Hundreds of pregnant women are being given the drug Metformin, usually given to diabetics, in a bid to reduce the risk of obesity in their unborn babies.

The tablets are currently being dished out as part of a NHS trial. The women will take the drugs up to three times a day throughout their pregnancy to reduce the food supply to the baby, rather than to make them lose weight themselves.

Defending the trial, doctors claim that obesity rates amongst pregnant women are reaching epidemic proportions, whilst official figures suggest that almost half of all women of child-bearing age are overweight or obese, whilst more than 15 per cent of pregnant women are obese.

Obesity in pregnancy is known to increase the chances of stillbirth, maternal death, and other pregnancy related complications.

So what do you think?
Would you object if you were asked to be part of this trial?
Or do you agree SOMETHING needs to be done about our obesity problems?