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What are the risks of obesity in pregnancy?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 01/27/2022

A woman who becomes pregnant with obesity has an increased risk of complications during pregnancy, for herself and for the baby.

If the woman has a high BMI, the risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, hypertension and miscarriage is increased. In addition, the risk of cesarean delivery is also increased.

For the offspring, maternal obesity can lead to an increased risk of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, as well as certain congenital anomalies.

 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.