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Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey:
doi: 10.1097/OGX.0b013e31828738ce
CME Articles: Obesity in Pregnancy

Obesity in Pregnancy: A Big Problem and Getting Bigger

Mission, John F. MD*; Marshall, Nicole E. MD, MCR; Caughey, Aaron B. MD, PhD

Continued Medical Education
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Abstract

Obesity has increased dramatically in the United States over the last several decades, with approximately 40% of women now considered overweight or obese. Obesity has been shown to be associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, including increased rates of cesarean delivery, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, fetal macrosomia, stillbirth, and postterm pregnancy. In this review, we discuss the association of obesity with maternal, fetal, and pregnancy outcomes as well as the recommendations for care of the obese gravida.

Target Audience: Obstetricians and gynecologists and family physicians

Learning Objectives: After completing the CME activity, physicians should be better able to describe the maternal, neonatal, and intrapartum complications associated with obesity in pregnancy and implement additional changes to prenatal care appropriate for the obese gravida.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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