Maternal obesity increases the risk of poor pregnancy outcomes, including infertility, miscarriage, foetal anomalies, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus, risk of induction and failed induction, prolonged labour, caesarean section, post partum haemorrhage, infection and anaesthetic complications. As the prevalence of obesity in reproductive aged women is increasing, the practicing clinician must be aware of the risks and current management strategies to facilitate a healthy pregnancy and delivery in these women.
Davis, S. E., Stack, J. J., Ellepola, H., & Haran, M. (2013). Obesity in pregnancy – The bigger issues. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 35(1), 29–33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljog.v35i1.6002