Sepsis in obese pregnant women

Ailie Grzybek, Patrick Chien, Katrine Orr

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Animal, epidemiological and limited human studies have reported that obesity increases susceptibility to both bacterial and viral infections. Obesity has now reached worldwide epidemic proportions; 21.3% of the UK obstetric population is obese at booking. Sepsis is the third leading cause of maternal death worldwide. The World Health Organization is focusing on improving care for women with maternal sepsis via the Global Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis Initiative and halting the rising obesity rate remains a priority. Obesity is an independent risk factor for both infection and sepsis in pregnancy. This chapter will address the epidemiology, immunology, investigation, management, intrapartum, and postnatal care of obese pregnant women with infection and sepsis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObesity and Obstetrics
EditorsTahir A. Mahmood, Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Frank A. Chervenak
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128179215
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2020


  • Infection
  • Obese
  • Obstetrics
  • Pregnancy
  • Sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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