Maternal Obesity

Overview

Maternal obesity (defined as obesity during pregnancy) increases health risks for both the mother and child during and after pregnancy. Statistics on the prevalence of maternal obesity are not collected routinely in the UK, but trend data from the Health Survey for England show that the prevalence of obesity among women of childbearing age increased during the period 1997-2010. Women who are obese are significantly more likely to be older in pregnancy, to have a higher parity (number of pregnancies), and live in areas of high deprivation, compared with women who are not obese.

For the latest Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries/Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidance on the management of women with obesity in pregnancy click here.

For the latest NICE guidance on weight management before, during and after pregnancy click here.

The National Obesity Observatory would like to acknowledge the help of Dr Nicola Heslehurst from Newcastle University in compiling these pages.