Effect of Pre Pregnancy Body Mass Index on Maternal and Birth Outcomes


  • Life University, Nutrition Department, Georgia
  • PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Cobb and Douglas County, Georgia


Obesity in the United States and worldwide has grown to epidemic proportions. The latest data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004) indicate that among non pregnant women of age 20 to 39 years, approximately 25 per cent are overweight and 28 per cent are obese, of whom 6 percent are considered extremely obese (BMI≥40). Among adolescent girls, 12 to 19 years old, approximately 30per cent are at or above the 85th percentile of BMl-for-age and 16.4per cent are considered obese.

Subject Discipline

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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