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An audit of pre-pregnancy maternal obesity and diabetes screening in rural regional Tasmania and its impact on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes

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Luccisano, SP and Weber, HC and Murfet, GO and Robertson, IK and Prior, SJ and Hills, AP, An audit of pre-pregnancy maternal obesity and diabetes screening in rural regional Tasmania and its impact on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health pp. 1-12. ISSN 1660-4601 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph182212006

Abstract

Maternal obesity in pregnancy, a growing health problem in Australia, adversely affects both mothers and their offspring. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is similarly associated with adverse pregnancy and neonatal complications. A low-risk digital medical record audit of antenatal and postnatal data of 2132 pregnant mothers who gave birth between 20162018 residing in ruralregional Tasmania was undertaken. An expert advisory group guided the research and informed data collection. Fifty five percent of pregnant mothers were overweight or obese, 43.6% gained above the recommended standards for gestational weight gain and 35.8% did not have an oral glucose tolerance test. The audit identified a high prevalence of obesity among pregnant women and low screening rates for gestational diabetes mellitus associated with adverse maternal and neonatal pregnancy outcomes. We conclude that there is a high prevalence of overweight and obesity among pregnant women in rural regional Tasmania. Further GDM screening rates are low, which require addressing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adverse maternal outcomes, gestational diabetes, gestational weight gain, obesity, obstetric complications, pregnancy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Rural and remote health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Overweight and obesity
UTAS Author:Weber, HC (Dr Heinrich Weber)
UTAS Author:Robertson, IK (Dr Iain Robertson)
UTAS Author:Prior, SJ (Dr Sarah Prior)
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:147864
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-11-18
Last Modified:2021-11-25
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