Pregnancy problems weigh heavily on 'super obese' women

Drastic measures such as bariatric surgery are needed to prevent ‘super obesity' (BMI over 50) in pregnancy because it is linked to a wide range of adverse maternal and baby outcomes, NSW researchers say.

One in 500 pregnant women in Australia now have super obesity and are at high risk of complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, a study from the school of women and children's health at the University of NSW has found.

A review of perinatal outcomes for 370 super-obese women found that one in ten gave birth to a baby with a