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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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posted on 2023-05-21, 04:16 authored by Luccisano, SP, Heinrich WeberHeinrich Weber, Murfet, GO, Iain RobertsonIain Robertson, Sarah PriorSarah Prior, Andrew HillsAndrew Hills
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 2016–2018 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.


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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health






Tasmanian School of Medicine



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Copyright 2021 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Socio-economic Objectives

Overweight and obesity; Rural and remote area health; Women's and maternal health