Maternal obesity

Public Health England Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence team has published updated information on maternal obesity, including its prevalence, effect on outcomes and implications for healthcare services. 

Approximately half of all women of childbearing age in England are either overweight or obese. Maternal obesity (defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or more at the first antenatal consultation) can increase health risks for both the mother and child during and after pregnancy. For mothers these risks can include gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and depression. Fetal risks include macrosomia, congenital anomalies and stillbirths. Maternal obesity has also been linked to low breastfeeding rates, adverse childhood cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes and childhood obesity. Recent evidence from the UK indicates that high maternal BMI is also associated with increased health service usage and healthcare costs




Posted: 08/12/2015 11:20:52 by Laura Keaver


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