Over the last 40 years, there have been significant increases in the rates of overweight and obesity in childbearing women. There has been a parallel increase in the rates of pregnancy complications including hypertension, diabetes, fetal macrosomia, and complications of delivery. Caregivers can focus on appropriate interventions during pregnancy and childbirth to improve outcomes and prevent harm.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.
Corresponding Author: Jan M. Kriebs, CNM, MSN, FACNM, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 655 West Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201 (email@example.com). Submitted for publication: September 30, 2008
Accepted for publication: November 28, 2008