Metabolic Syndrome and Complications of Pregnancy

The Potential Preventive Role of Nutrition

  • Enrico Ferrazzi
  • Barry Sears

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Truncal Obesity, Inflammation, Metabolic Syndrome: An Insight

  3. Inflammation and Physiology of Pregnancy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Raffaella Cancello
      Pages 65-75
    3. Felice Petraglia, Cinzia Orlandini, Silvia Vannuccini, Vicki L. Clifton
      Pages 91-102
  4. The Potential Value of Nutrition and Nutriceutical Supplementation to Prevent Obstetrical Complications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Carlo Selmi, Maria De Santis, Luigi Laghi, Elena Generali
      Pages 105-115
    3. Irene Cetin, Maddalena Massari
      Pages 117-133
    4. Enrico Ferrazzi, Valeria Mantegazza, Sara Zullino, Tamara Stampaljia
      Pages 135-150
    5. Maria Teresa Gervasi, Gianna Bogana
      Pages 151-164
  5. Future Dietary Strategies to Reduce Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome by an Healthy Eating Plate

About this book


This book explores the nature of pregnancy and metabolic syndrome as proinflammatory conditions and explains how pregnancy provides a window of opportunity for preventing the lifelong complications of metabolic syndrome, during which key risk factors can be identified and beneficial dietary changes can be implemented.

The book’s opening sections discuss inflammation in the context of pregnancy, including the nature of the placenta as a proinflammatory tissue. In the main body, it points to new possible connections to truncal obesity, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, and major obstetrical syndromes, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and pre-term delivery.

Based on the insights offered by this analysis, the remainder of the book focuses on a variety of nutritional measures and diets that can be of benefit during and beyond pregnancy. Readers will learn how the higher level of compliance with medical instructions during pregnancy can be capitalized on to ensure enduring health benefits for mother and child alike.


Inflammation and pregnancy Nutrition and obesity Obstetric syndromes Pre-eclampsia Pre-term delivery Prevention of metabolic syndrome

Editors and affiliations

  • Enrico Ferrazzi
    • 1
  • Barry Sears
    • 2
  1. 1.Woman, Mother and Neonate DepartmentUniversity of Milan, Buzzi Children's HospitalMilanItaly
  2. 2.Inflammation Research FoundationMarbleheadUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-16852-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-16853-1
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals