Navigation Links
Pregnant women with high/low BMI are at higher risk of complications and hospital admissions
Date:9/17/2013

Pregnant women with a body mass index (BMI) that is too high or too low are more likely to have maternal complications, require additional hospital care and incur higher medical costs, according to a new study published today (18 September) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The study was carried out in collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland. It used routine obstetric records in Scotland, between 2003-2010, to investigate the impact of pregnant women's BMI on clinical complications, the number and duration of hospital admissions and short-term healthcare costs to the NHS.

The 109,592 pregnant women examined in the study were classed in five BMI categories, underweight (BMI <18.5), normal weight (BMI 18.5-24.9), overweight (BMI 25-29.9), obese (BMI 30-35) and severely obese (BMI >35).

Data from the analysis showed that the risk of maternal complications increased with BMI and, when compared to normal weight women, severely obese women had a three-fold increased risk of hypertension (2.6% vs 7.8%) and gestational diabetes (0.1% vs 3%).

Furthermore, when compared to normal weight women, all other weight categories showed an increase in the duration and number of maternal hospital admissions required after the birth. Underweight women had an 8% increased risk for admission, while overweight, obese and severely obese women's risk grew substantially more, 16%, 45% and 88% respectively.

The additional maternity costs, for women with high or low BMI, were also higher when compared to the standard maternal health service cost for women of normal weight. The estimated additional cost for underweight women was 102.3, overweight women 59.9, obese women 202.5 and severely obese women 350.8.

Dr Fiona Denison, Tommy's Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, Queens's Medical Research Institute Edinburgh and co-author of the paper, said:

"Our data demonstrates that both high and low maternal BMI are associated with increased risk of complications during pregnancy, increased numbers and duration of maternal admissions and higher health service costs.

"These findings further highlight the need for local and national government in Scotland, and other developed countries, to implement fundamental strategies that will help reduce the prevalence of obesity.

"Longer term benefits of reducing maternal obesity will show improvements, not only in the health outcomes of mothers and their babies, but the workload and cost to current maternity services."

Mike Marsh, BJOG deputy editor-in-chief, added:

"We know that maternal obesity is a major cause of ill health in pregnancy in the UK, significantly increasing the risk of adverse medical outcomes such as gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders and admissions for specialist care.

"This study confirms these risks and in addition highlights the financial burden to the NHS of obesity in pregnancy.

"It is vital that women understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight prior to conception to reduce the risk of future pregnancy complications, the need for specialist care and the resulting cost to the NHS."


'/>"/>

Contact: Caitlin Walsh
cwalsh@rcog.org.uk
020-777-26300
Wiley
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. 18% Pregnant Women Endangering Infants By Drinking During Pregnancy
2. Safe Exercises for Pregnant Women
3. “6 Week Pregnancy Weight Loss” Teaches People How to Melt Away Up to 20 Pounds of Fat Within Two Months – Vkoolelite
4. Diet Plan For Pregnant Women
5. “Trim Pregnancy” Teaches People How To Achieve Ideal Weight Gain Throughout Pregnancy – V kool
6. Pittsburgh, PA Gum Disease Patients who are Pregnant Should be Treated using Laser Surgery with Dr. Michael Stypula to Reduce Low Birth Weight Risks Linked to Gum Disease
7. Corpus Christi, TX Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Pregnant Women is Now Possible with Laser Gum Disease Treatment from Dr. Tilman Richards
8. Bradenton, FL Laser Gum Surgery Safely Treats Gum Disease in Pregnant Women and can Reduce the Risk of Pre-Term or Low-Birth Babies with Dr. Lindsay Eastman
9. “Loving the Pregnant You” Is the Guide for Doing Your Pregnancy Your Way
10. Doctors Launch New Website to Support Popular iTunes App babyQ, Help Pregnant Women Worldwide Improve Maternal and Fetal Health
11. Pregnant Women Who Use Nasal Decongestants During the First Trimester May Increase Their Babies’ Risks of Birth Defects; Parker Waichman LLP Is Evaluating Legal Claims
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/17/2017)... , ... August 17, 2017 , ... ... (ER) on Wednesday, August 16, to community partners. The newly renovated ER was ... Track” area for minor emergencies, eight semi-private rooms to deliver patient results, improve ...
(Date:8/17/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 17, 2017 , ... ... Injury: The Journey to Healing Through Forgiveness ($15.99, paperback, 9781498497626; $7.99, eBook, ... trauma, to encourage inner healing of memories and achieve forgiveness, through a progressive ...
(Date:8/17/2017)... ... ... digital marketing for medical practices, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing privately ... second time in two years. Shawn Miele, Chief Executive Officer of Advice Media, said, “We ... a row. It’s extremely difficult to make this list once. The fact that we made ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... ... ... Summer days spent with family are priceless. Since August is Family Fun ... the season of sunshine. Add trying something new to this summer’s bucket list. Whether ... the fun. , Try Something New , Choose an activity the ...
(Date:8/16/2017)... , ... August 16, 2017 , ... Ten outstanding teachers ... Stars in the Classroom and will win a visit by a Houston Texans player, ... who are at least five years old can visit texanschecking.com/stars to nominate their favorite ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/27/2017)... July 27, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE ... ended June 30, 2017.  The Company reported second quarter ... over the prior year period, and an increase of ... basis points of contribution from the LDR Holding Corporation ... second quarter of 2016, or 0.3% on a constant ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... Spain and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts , ... Biotech, specializing in repurposing drugs to treat rare nervous system ... Inc. to clinically develop and market the drug SOM0226 against ... the drug achieved very promising results in a Phase 2 ... A new office in the United States ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: