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The Effect of Maternal Obesity on the Offspring

WILLIAMS, CHRISTINE B. MPH; MACKENZIE, KUSAYNYONON C. MSc; GAHAGAN, SHEILA MD, MPH

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2014 - Volume 57 - Issue 3 - p 508–515
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000043
Contemporary Obesity and Lifestyle Issues in Women

Maternal obesity is inextricably linked to adverse health outcomes for the mother and her children. The peripartum period is a critical period of risk. In this chapter, we examine the importance of maternal prepregnancy weight status, gestational weight gain, breastfeeding, and postpartum weight loss in relation to subsequent risk for maternal obesity and obesity in the offspring. Promoting optimal maternal weight during the preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum periods will provide lifelong benefits for maternal health and the health of her progeny.

Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Supported by NIH, Wellcome Trust, and HHMI.

The authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Christine B. Williams, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0927, La Jolla, CA. E-mail: cbw001@ucsd.edu

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.