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The incidence of maternal obesity and its attendant comorbid conditions diabetes cardiovascular disease continues to increase at an alarming rate with major public health implications not only does maternal obesity affect the woman but it also impacts the health of the child leading to increased childhood obesity and diabetesstart by considering these general guidelines for pregnancy weight gain and obesity single pregnancy if youre obese and carrying one baby the recommended weight gain is 11 to 20 pounds about 5 to 9 kilogramslearn how obesity can affect pregnancy including the increased risk for conditions such as fetal macrosomia and gestational diabetesintroduction obese pregnant women are at increased risk for an array of maternal and perinatal complications and the risks are amplified with increasing degrees of maternal obesity it has been estimated that one quarter of pregnancy complications eg gestational hypertension preeclampsia gestational diabetes preterm birth are attributable to maternal overweightobesity and almost introduction obesity is a non communicable disease that has reached epidemic proportions and its prevalence in the uk has trebled since the 1980s department of health 2004abody mass index bmi is used to measure obesity and is defined as the ratio of body weight in kilogramme divided by the square of height in metres world health organization 2000

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