Obesity and Pregnancy

Background Studies show that obese pregnant women are at increased risk for gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, eclampsia, cesarean section, macrosomia, instrumental delivery, fetal distress, antepartum stillbirth, and early neonatal death [1, 2]. Obese women have been found to have longer labor, are more likely to have inadequate contraction patterns during labor, and are more likely to …

Unintended Pregnancy

Background Unintended pregnancy is a major public health problem. Women who experience an unintended pregnancy are less likely to seek timely and adequate prenatal care or to breastfeed their infant and are more likely to smoke or drink during their pregnancy (Committee on Unintended Pregnancy, 1995). Utah Data Healthy People 2010 goal 9-1 is to …

Infertility in Utah, 2004-2005

Infertility is typically defined as a lack of pregnancy among couples who have had one year of sexual intercourse without using contraception. Worldwide, millions of couples suffer from infertility …

Obesity in Women

Background Women in Utah are becoming heavier and obesity is emerging as a major public health crisis. Obese adults are at increased risk for developing hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, asthma, osteoarthritis, and cancers of the colon, breast, endometrium, kidney and esophagus (1). Only smoking exceeds obesity as the leading …