Chubby mothers-maternal and perinatal outcome in high BMI
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Obesity is a state of excess adipose tissue mass. Body mass index (BMI) is a crucial predictor of the nutritional status of pregnant women. High BMI may lead to various adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes.

This study published in the International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics, and Gynecology is designed to see the effect of maternal BMI on pregnancy outcome and perinatal outcome according to Asian standards.

This is an institutional retrospective, descriptive study of 100 pregnant women conducted in the department of obstetrics and gynecology of a rural tertiary center Dr. PSIMS and RF, AP, India from June 2017 to July 2019.

It was observed that as BMI increased risk of complications increased like hypertension disorders in pregnancy, gestational diabetes mellitus, preterm labor. Also, the risk of macrosomia, operative delivery, Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions increased.

As maternal BMI is a good predictor has a strong correlation with pregnancy complications and outcomes, measures should be taken to motivate pre-pregnancy counseling regarding weight management and close surveillance in the antenatal period to diagnose at the earliest complications.

Source: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20211438
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