Outcome of deliveries in healthy but obese women: obesity and delivery outcome
1 Department of Clinical Science and Education, Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska Institute, Soder Hospital, Stockholm, 118 83, Sweden
2 Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:50 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-6-50Published: 6 February 2013
Obesity among fertile women is a global problem. 25% of pregnant Swedish women are overweight at admission to the antenatal clinic and 12% of them are considered as obese. Previous studies have shown an increased risk of delivery complications with an elevated maternal BMI. The aim of this study was to evaluate delivery outcomes in relation to maternal BMI on admission to the antenatal clinic.
A healthy group of 787 women with full-term pregnancies and spontaneous onset of labor were included in the study. Delivery outcome was assessed in relation to maternal BMI when attending the antenatal clinic.
The results indicated that in deliveries where the maternal BMI was
These results indicate an increased risk at delivery for healthy, but obese women in labor. Furthermore, the delivery management may not always be optimal in these deliveries.