The maternal and fetal impacts of obesity and gestational diabetes on pregnancy outcome
Dennedy, Michael Conall
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Dennedy M.C. & Dunne F., (2010) 'The maternal and fetal impacts of obesity and gestational diabetes on pregnancy outcome',Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Obesity has reached pandemic proportions and is of growing concern worldwide. Adverse health outcomes associated with a raised body mass index present the greatest challenge currently facing clinicians across all disciplines. Obesity is a chronic illness which is associated with metabolic disease, nutritional deficiency, musculoskeletal complications and cancer. These obesity-related health issues extend to pregnancy where they are responsible for producing a variety of medical and obstetric complications resulting in an increased incidence of maternal and fetal adverse outcomes. Management of diet, gestational diabetes and gestational and inter-gestational weight may improve outcomes in women who are obese during pregnancy. Specific recommendations for the management of obesity in pregnancy have recently been published.