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Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management

Section: Pregnancy
Submission deadline: 28 February 2021
Special Issue Editor
Gideon Koren, MD
Adelson faculty of medicine, Ariel University, and Motherisk Israel Program, Shamir Hospital, Israel
Interests: Clinical pharmacology During development; Drugs in pregnancy
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Obesity in pregnancy is associated with serious adverse maternal and fetal effects, including infertility, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, intrauterine fetal and neonatal death, neural tube defects and many other.  Because the prevalence of obesity in pregnancy has been steadily increased over the last few decades, its health impacts are much more serious. According to the World Health Organization, It has been estimated that overweight and obesity affect over 50 million women globally in upper and middle income countries. In the United States, a third of the women are obese and the yearly number of obese pregnant women exceeds 1 million.

Obesity-related hyperinsulinemia and subsequent hyperandrogenemia increase the risk of anovulatory cycles and the chance of conception decreases. Obesity is associated with increased risk of caesarian section, premature placental abruption, perineal tear, puerperal fever, severe puerperal infections, would healing complications, complications of obstetric anesthesia, postpartum hemorrhage, sepsis, obstetric shock, ICU admission and combined severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Maternal obesity is associated with long term overweight retention and its attendant long term morbidity with diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular risks. Maternal overweight and obesity are associated with increased risks for congenital malformations such as neural tube defects, cardiovascular risks, hydrocephaly, oral cleft and limb reduction anomalies.

In this special issue, leading scientists will be addressing emerging knowledge related to important challenges in evaluating, preventing and managing obesity in pregnancy, with focus on short and long term maternal risks, child risks, congenital malformations and pharmacological and non- pharmacological management.

Prof. Gideon Koren

Guest Editor

Maternal risks
Fetal risks
Long term risks
Manuscript Submission Information

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Planned Paper (3 Papers)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to IMR Press journals will subject to peer-review before acceptance

Maternal high fat diet and fetal programming of obesity

Seray Kabaran

Analysis of selected diet components

Grazyna Jarząk-Bielecka

Patient with Martin-Bell syndrome and premenstrual syndrome, tendency to obesity from puberty

razyna Jarząk-Bielecka

Published Paper (6 Papers)
Open Access Original Research
An analysis of women victims of sexual violence in one area in Republic of Korea
Gyeong-Eun Heo, Jae Hong Sang, Tae-Hee Kim, Hae-Hyeog Lee
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2022, 49(4), 100;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
Open Access Review
Gestational weight gain and long-term postpartum weight retention
Alexandra Berezowsky, Howard Berger
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021, 48(3), 466–471;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
Open Access Review
Birth defects associated with obesity
Ovadya Rosenbluh, Asnat Walfisch
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021, 48(3), 472–477;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
Open Access Original Research
Pregnancy outcomes after inadvertent exposure of anti-obesity drugs during pregnancy
Eun Jeong Choi, Jung Yeol Han
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021, 48(3), 514–522;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
Open Access Review
Obesity, neural tube defects and folic acid—A complex relationship
Gideon Koren, Yusuf C Kaplan
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2021, 48(2), 223–227;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
Open Access Review
Addressing optimal maternal weight and exercise during the preconception period and pregnancy
C.P. Moutos, V. Lozovyy, S.M. Clark
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2020, 47(5), 622–628;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Obesity in pregnancy: risks and management)
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