Pregnancy and metabolic syndrome of obesity

Huda, S. S. and Nelson, S. M. (2013) Pregnancy and metabolic syndrome of obesity. In: Mahmood, T. and Arulkumaran, S. (eds.) Obesity: A Ticking Time Bomb for Reproductive Health. Elsevier Insights, pp. 299-314. ISBN 9780123914804 (doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-416045-3.00023-6)

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Obesity in the pregnant population has increased by 70–100% over a decade and one in five pregnant women is obese. The consequences are far reaching for both mother and baby. There are significant socio-economic costs directly attributable to the increased risk of maternal and neonatal complications. Similar to the non-pregnant, maternal obesity is related to metabolic complications of pregnancy including pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. This chapter endeavours to describe the metabolic milieu of obese women and in particular the effects on carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism, which may predispose to the development of these metabolic complications. In addition, we will examine the evidence as regards management of obesity in terms of optimising gestational weight gain and potential intervention strategies in an attempt to minimise metabolic consequences for both mother and baby.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nelson, Professor Scott and Huda, Dr Shahzya
Authors: Huda, S. S., and Nelson, S. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Publisher:Elsevier Insights
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