Effects of obesity on women's reproduction and complications during pregnancy

Obes Rev. 2004 Aug;5(3):137-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2004.00147.x.


Obesity is increasing rapidly among women all over the world, and more women in fertile ages become overweight and obese. Among all other problems, women who are obese have higher rates of amenorrhoea and infertility. Obese women have a higher risk of complications during pregnancy such as hypertensive diagnoses and gestational diabetes, and delivery complications such as higher rates of caesarean sections and prolonged time of delivery. The aim of this article is to review the consequences of being obese during the reproductive life of a woman.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amenorrhea / epidemiology
  • Amenorrhea / etiology
  • Diabetes, Gestational / epidemiology
  • Diabetes, Gestational / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility / epidemiology
  • Infertility / etiology*
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology*
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Pregnancy Rate*
  • Weight Gain