Obesity is dramatically increasing throughout the world and is known to be a major cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. By screening women for obesity and obesity-related complications, the obstetrician/gynecologist can help improve health outcomes for women and their infants. Many pregnancy complications have been linked to obesity ranging from increased risk of gestational diabetes and hypertension to increased risk of cesarean delivery and postoperative wound infection. This article reviews antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum complications associated with obesity in pregnancy and offers suggestions to optimize care and improve outcomes.
Target Audience: Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Family Physicians
Learning Objectives: After completion of this article, the reader should be able to define obesity in pregnancy, to list the various complications associated with obesity, and to describe the limitations of ultrasonography in obese gravidas.