Obesity in Pregnancy and Ultrasound

  • Ute M. Schaefer-Graf


Obese pregnant women are at high risk for various obstetrical problems, for both mother and child. Ultrasound is an essential tool to detect and manage these problems. However, ultrasound examination in obese women and reliable evaluation of the presence of congenital anomalies or markers of genetic disorders and accurate determination of fetal weight are a real challenge. As maternal BMI increases, the rate of completion of anatomic surveys decreases, and the number of scans required increases. Counseling may need to be modified to reflect the limitations of sonography for fetal structural anomalies in obese women.

In the following chapter, literature will be reviewed addressing obesity-related issues and limitations of obstetrical ultrasound and followed by practical recommendations on how to face these specific conditions with regard to technical, legal, and health-care issues.


Obese Woman Fetal Weight Abdominal Circumference Maternal Obesity Normal Weight Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berlin Center for Diabetes & Pregnancy, Dep. Obstetrics and GynecoloySt. Joseph HospitalBerlinGermany

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