Maternal obesity and pregnancy complications: A review
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 48, Issue 3, pages 228–235, June 2008
How to Cite
RAMACHENDERAN, J., BRADFORD, J. and MCLEAN, M. (2008), Maternal obesity and pregnancy complications: A review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48: 228–235. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2008.00860.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2008
- Received 26 January 2008; accepted 27 January 2008.
Obesity in women of reproductive age is increasing at an unprecedented rate in western societies. Maternal obesity is associated with an unequivocal increase in maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy. Excessive maternal weight gain in pregnancy also appears to be an independent risk factor, regardless of prepregnancy weight. Few guidelines exist regarding appropriate weight gain in pregnancy in obese women. We review the association of maternal obesity with pregnancy complications. We also suggest that appropriate diet and lifestyle intervention can enable women with severe prepregnancy obesity to safely achieve quite strict targets for limited weight gain in pregnancy.