Obesity in Pregnancy

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Obesity is defined as a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m2. Its prevalence continues to increase in the United States which is salient for obstetric providers given its association with complications such as hypertensive disorders and increased risk for cesarean delivery. Obesity is described in terms of class I, II, or III [1].


Obesity Overweight Morbid obesity BMI Class III obesity 


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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 156: obesity in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2015;126:e112–26.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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