Our Edinburgh Metabolic Antenatal Clinic is home to specialists in pregnancy care and diabetes, as well as midwives and a specialist dietician. Care offered to women who are very severely obese (BMI over 40) includes frequent check-ups of mothers and babies, as well as personalised advice about healthy eating and lifestyle.
The clinic uses specialist equipment such as Tanita scales, that allow clinicians to measure women's weight and body composition at each visit. The team also use larger cuffs to accurately measure blood pressure, have access to extra-large support stockings for thromboprophylaxis and screen for diabetes.
Obese women are more likely to have a complicated pregnancy with poorer outcomes. Risk of stillbirth is more than double that of non-obese pregnant women, affecting 1 in 100 pregnancies, compared to 1 in 225 for non-obese women.
The clinic follows high risk pregnancies very carefully, detecting potentially life-threatening problems early so they can offer timely intervention, personalised treatment and careful monitoring of the pregnancy.
Obese women who attend our specialist clinic are 8 times less likely to have a stillbirth than those who attend a standard maternity ward.