Current Women`s Health Reviews

John Yeh  
Harvard Medical School 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA


Management of Obesity in Pregnancy

Author(s): Takashi Sugiyama, Hiroko Watanabe, Hidemi Takimoto, Hideoki Fukuoka, Nobuo Yoshiike, Norimasa Sagawa.


Maternal pregravid obesity is associated with adverse outcomes in pregnancy. There are many complications by maternal obesity during pregnancy, such as spontaneous abortion, congenital malformations, gestational hypertention, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, fetal macrosomia, and so on. Also, at parturition, the prevalence of cesarean section and associated complications such as deep vein thrombosis, wound disruption, and infection increase. Furthermore, offspring of obese women increases the risk of adolescent components of the metabolic syndrome. To improve short- and long-term adverse outcome associated with obese pregnant women, we need to encourage obese women to lose body weight before pregnancy. During pregnancy, weight gain should be limited to Institute of Medicine guidelines.

Keywords: Obesity, management, pregnanacy

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Article Details

Year: 2009
Page: [220 - 224]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/157340409790069970
Price: $58