Body weight, body image and primary postpartum haemorrhage: a review of the literature

N D Gollop, C A Childs, B Coupe, S MacFarlane, J Burrell, B Kumar

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The prevalence of obesity during pregnancy is rising. Elevated BMI is a significant risk factor for adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, including primary postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). Addressing the issues surrounding obesity in pregnancy presents many biological, social and psychological challenges. BMI is an easily measured and modifiable anthropometrical risk factor and should be recorded in all pregnancies. BMI should be proactively managed prior to and during pregnancy. All women should be educated as to the risks of an elevated BMI during pregnancy and those at risk should have access to specialist medical and surgical support if required. Our aim was to investigate the associations between elevated BMI and adverse maternal and fetal outcomes including PPH, and to explore the psychological challenges of having an elevated BMI during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-382
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Body image
  • body mass index
  • obesity
  • postpartum haemorrhage
  • pregnancy

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