POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

NEWLY REPORTED COVID-19 CASES IN LAST 24 HOURS (7.23.2021, 5:11pm CEST, WHO):   U.S. 46,507    India 41,383    Brazil 27,592    Russia 24,471    France 21,387    The United Kingdom 43,404    Turkey 8,151    Argentina 15,077    Columbia 12,829    Italy 4,254    Spain 17,077    Germany 1,890    Iran 27,379    Indonesia 49,509    Mexico 13,853    South Africa 16,240    Peru 1,568    The Netherlands 6,945    Philippines 6,546    Iraq 8,320    Bangladesh 3,697    Pakistan 2,579    Malaysia 11,985    Portugal 4,376    Japan 4,903    Nepal 1,855    United Arab Emirates 1,506    Morocco 3,940    Tunisia 1,086    Saudi Arabia 1,142    Greece 2,968    Bolivia 1,052    Thailand 13,655    Panama 1,089    Georgia 2,261    Costa Rica 1,354    Cuba 6,405    Ireland 1,260    Honduras 1,082    Myanmar 6,701    South Korea 1,838    Algeria 2,519    Kyrgyzstan 1,169    Mongolia 1,309    Mozambique 1,704    Cyprus 1,014    Zimbabwe 2,705    Vietnam 5,537    Fiji 1,091    China 81    Singapore 181    New Zealand 7    Australia 140   

Epidemic of obesity increased number of high-risk pregnancies

Staff Writer |
The epidemic of obesity is felt in prenatal clinics and delivery rooms around the world with a worrisome trend in high-risk pregnancies that could impact mother and child.

Article continues below






This is according to Patrick M. Catalano, MD, the Dierker-Biscotti Women's Health and Wellness Professor and Director of the Center for Reproductive Health at MetroHealth and Director of the Clinical Research Unit of the Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Catalano collaborated with a team of clinicians and scientists from around the world to address these issues in a series of review papers on maternal obesity published this month in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

"The management of obesity in pregnancy begins before, during and after pregnancy," said Dr. Catalano. "There is limited evidence based data on how best to mitigate adverse metabolic effects of obesity on mothers (spontaneous miscarriage, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and need for cesarean delivery) and their offspring (congenital anomalies, neonatal adiposity and risk for childhood obesity) once a woman is pregnant.

"Basic questions as to what is the optimal diet or weight gain during pregnancy need to be addressed.

"In the interim, until a comprehensive potentially personalized life-course approach is instituted, efforts during pregnancy will by necessity be aimed at recognizing and mitigating the adverse metabolic consequences of maternal obesity during pregnancy on both the mother and her child."

He said that lifestyle modifications such as healthy eating, physical activity and behavioral modifications during pregnancy have had limited benefits on improving adverse perinatal outcomes, with the exception of reducing excessive gestational weight gain, on the average of two to five pounds in obese women.


What to read next

Growing epidemic: Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults now obese
12,000 pregnant women with Zika - no microcephaly
2 billion worldwide are obese or overweight