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Obesity as a Complication of Pregnancy and Labor

Kriebs, Jan M. CNM, MSN, FACNM

Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January/March 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 15–22
doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e318197bf1b
Feature Article

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 (jkriebs@umm.edu). Submitted for publication: September 30, 2008

Accepted for publication: November 28, 2008

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.