Considerations for labor, delivery and postnatal care

Eran Ashwal*, Yariv Yogev

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Obesity is acknowledged as a growing threat to the well-being of the gravid patient, both during and after the preg nancy, and to the wellbeing of the offspring. The recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that more than a third of reproductive-aged women were obese, and 7.6% of those women were extremely obese (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) [1]. Obese women are more likely to have medical, surgical and obstetrics complications during labor and delivery, which include increased rates of induction of labor, dysfunctional labor patterns and higher rates of ce-sarean delivery [2]. In this chapter, we will focus on maternal considerations regarding labor and delivery in the obese gravida.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClinical Insights: Obesity & Pregnancy
PublisherFuture Medicine Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781780843667
ISBN (Print)9781780843681
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013


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