|February 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 02
Part 2 of 2: Delivery and postpartum concerns in the obese gravida
Seeing the mother safely through pregnancy is only the beginning. Even greater challenges arise when it is time to deliver the infant.
One study suggests that maternal obesity is an independent risk factor for shoulder dystocia
If subcutaneous tissue is thicker than 2 cm, reapproximate it to minimize the risk of hematoma, seroma, and wound infection
Women who breastfeed longer than 1 month have a 22% reduction in the risk of developing metabolic syndrome later in life
Dr. Phillips is a Fellow in Maternal– Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt.
Dr. Henderson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecology/ Obstetrics, Division of Maternal–Fetal Medicine, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
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