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Studies presented at ACOG Annual Meeting reveal new information about weight and pregnancy
Date:4/28/2014

ance of education both for patients and care providers in order to bridge the gap between physician knowledge of maternal obesity and patient understanding."

Dr. Ali will present "Understanding Patient Perceptions of Communication about Gestational Weight Gain" on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall.

Effects of Prenatal Testing for Morbidly Obese Women

Morbid obesity in pregnant women has been shown to increase the risk of infection, cesarean delivery, and stillbirth. As a result of these increased risks, prenatal testing is used to assess fetal wellbeing in this patient population. However, authors of a second study being presented at ACOG's annual meeting, note that data evaluating the effects of prenatal testing are limited. The new study, led by P. Kaitlyn Edelson, MD, aimed to evaluate the risk of induces labor and complications resulting from prenatal testing in this group of women. Results show that not only did morbidly obese women not have an increased risk of labor induction, but there was also no increased risk of early delivery in this group. The authors suggest the results have strong implications for the direction of future research.

"Although it remains unknown whether testing decreases the stillbirth risk in morbidly obese women, results of our study indicate that prenatal testing does not increase the risk of morbidity for these patients," said Edelson. "Future studies should shift the focus to examine how prenatal testing effects the babies born to this group of patients."

Dr. Edelson will present "Does Antenatal Testing for Morbid Obesity Affect Induction Rate or Timing of Delivery" on Monday, April 28, 2014 from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall. Additional Penn authors on the study include Jamie A. Bastek MD, MSCE, and Lisa D. Levine MD, MSCE.


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Contact: Katie Delach
katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu
215-776-6063
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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