A GP guide to managing obesity in pregnancy

Almost half of women enter pregnancy in the overweight or obese range

Obesity is a common issue in obstetric care, as it is in the general Australian population.

pregnant couple

Only about 50% of women enter pregnancy in the healthy weight range, about 25% are in the overweight range, about 20% have obesity, while a small proportion are classified as underweight.1

The rate of obesity in pregnancy has risen in recent years, contributed to by overall rising obesity rates in the population, and increasing maternal age.

The obstetric risks associated with overweight and obesity rise