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Pregnancy in the Obese Woman: Clinical Management

Deborah Conway (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-19648-2 April 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


Obesity presents many challenges to mothers and their unborn babies

How can a severely overweight woman prepare for pregnancy? What if she is already pregnant? How do you guide her through an inherently high-risk pregnancy and labor to a successful birth?

Pregnancy in the Obese Woman takes the best available evidence on pregnancy and obesity to provide an insightful, practical guide to management in one volume. After a review of the epidemiology and special considerations of prenatal care in obese women of childbearing age, the authors cover:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Nutrition, exercise, and weight gain in pregnancy
  • Co-morbid conditions
  • Abnormal fetal growth and obstetric complications
  • Operative techniques in obese patients
  • Breastfeeding, contraception, and further pregnancies

With obesity on the rise, increasing numbers of pregnancies are being seen in overweight and obese women, which presents a significant challenge to obstetric and other health care providers. Pregnancy in the Obese Woman provides you with the critical information you need to ease your mind and help your patients become contented mothers.

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Preterm Birth: Prevention and Management
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Contributor List.

1 The Epidemiology of Obesity in Pregnancy (Susan Y. Chu).

2 Psychological Aspects of Obesity in Women (D. Yvette LaCoursiere).

3 Preparing for Pregnancy: Special Considerations for the Obese Woman (Anne Lang Dunlop, Divya Narayan, and Vita Lam Mayes).

4 Bariatric Surgery: A Primer for the Obstetric Care Provider (C.R. Hall and Bradley J. Needleman).

5 Pregnancy After Bariatric Surgery (Anatte Karmon and Eyal Sheiner).

6 The Impact of Maternal Obesity on Fetal and Neonatal Outcomes (Donald J. Dudley).

7 Abnormal Fetal Growth Related to Maternal Obesity (Hugh M. Ehrenberg).

8 Special Considerations in Prenatal Care (Hugh M. Ehrenberg).

9 Nutrition and Weight Gain in the Obese Gravida (Naomi E. Stotland, Janet King, and Barbara Abrams).

10 Exercise Recommendations for the Obese Gravida (Krista L. Rompolski and John M. Jakicic).

11 Obesity Co-morbid Conditions in Pregnancy: Diabetes and Hypertension (Eran Hadar and Yariv Yogev).

12 Obstetric Management of the Obese Parturient (James M. Alexander).

13 Abdominal Surgery in the Morbidly Obese Patient (Ashley Parker and Deborah L. Conway).

14 Breast Feeding and Contraception (Elizabeth Reifsnider).


"It is an excellent source of up-to-date information and, in addition, it is very easy to read and digest ... I will definitely use this book for reference and I highly recommend it to others." (SQU Med Journal, 1 November 2011)

"This is an excellent resource for physicians and others who take care of this population. It is very thorough in its coverage, and the information leans heavily on an evidence-based approach. This is a solid book to add to the library." (Doody's, 14 October 2011)