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Nutrition and Pregnancy

MEHTA, SHOBHA H. MD

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 409-418
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816fda53
Societal Factors in Pregnancy: Why Worry?

The importance of nutrition during pregnancy with regard to pregnancy outcome has long been acknowledged. This importance has only been further emphasized by the recent changes in food quality and availability, lifestyle changes, and a new understanding of fetal programming on adult outcomes. The impact of the recent obesity epidemic has had a profound effect on the field of medicine, and nowhere may that impact be more critical than the field of obstetrics. We are only beginning to understand how maternal obesity may impact not only immediate pregnancy outcomes, but also life and health course of the offspring. The financial and societal costs will likely be enormous. Much research is needed to understand how these problems can be ameliorated.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Wayne State University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

Correspondence: Shobha H. Mehta, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Wayne State University/Hutzel Women's Hospital, Box 163, Detroit, MI. E-mail: smehta@med.wayne.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.