Document Type : Research Article
Background: A recent increase in the prevalence of overweight and obese women of reproductive age in India has been noted. Obesity during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), pre‐eclampsia, miscarriage, venous thromboembolism, infection, and hemorrhage in the mother. The present study was aimed to explore various maternal and fetal outcomes, influenced by maternal obesity. Material and Methods: Present study was hospital based, prospective, observational study conducted in pregnant women, gestational age more than 32 weeks, singleton pregnancy, with BMI more than 30, delivered at our institute, willing to participate in present study. Results: During study period 107 pregnant women were considered for present study. Majority of women were from 26-30 years age (40.19 %), were primigravida (44.86 %), delivered at 37-40 weeks of gestation (40.19 %), 85.05 % had BMI 30-34.9 kg/m2 (moderately obese). In present study vaginal delivery was most common mode of delivery (52.34 %) followed by LSCS (40.19 %) & instrumental delivery (7.48%). Most common birth weight group was 2.5-3.99 kg (40.19 %), followed by 1.5-2.49 kg (34.58 %) group. Neonatal outcome noted was still birth (1.87 %), neonatal death (6.54 %) & rest of neonates were discharged with mother. 63.55 % babies required NICU admission. During postpartum period, complications such as wound infection (19.63 %), fever (14.02 %), wound dehiscence (6.54 %) & DVT (0.93 %) were noted. No maternal mortality was noted in present study. Conclusion: Maternal obesity is associated with development of gestational diabetes mellites, preeclampsia, need for labour induction, increased caesarean delivery as well as NICU admissions and increased incidence of postpartum infections.