The Influence of Maternal Body Weight on Childbirth Delivery Method


  • Enas Jaleel Alobaidy College of Medicine, Diyala University, Iraq
  • Rawaa Imad Majeed AL-Zahraa Hospital Diyala, Iraq
  • Saja Abbood Khaleel Al Batool Teaching Hospital, Diyala, Iraq


Maternal Obesity, Pregnancy Complications, Mode of Delivery, Cesarean Section, Healthy BMI


Maternal obesity is a significant health concern during pregnancy, impacting both the mother and the offspring. It is associated with various complications and adverse outcomes, including an increased risk of cesarean section delivery and stillbirth. Educating pregnant women on healthy habits and risks can help maintain a normal BMI and reduce the likelihood of complications during childbirth. This study aimed to investigate the link between maternal obesity and the mode of delivery. Data were collected from 100 pregnant women, categorizing them based on their BMI. The mode of delivery, either vaginal or cesarean section, was recorded and analyzed in relation to their BMI. The study found that women with normal weight or slight weight gain were more likely to have a natural birth. In contrast, obese women were more likely to undergo cesarean sections. The data indicated a clear correlation between higher BMI and increased risk of complications during delivery. Maternal obesity significantly increases the risk of cesarean section delivery and other complications during childbirth. Maintaining a normal BMI through healthy habits can reduce these risks and promote better outcomes for both mother and infant. Future research should focus on developing and implementing interventions to optimize outcomes for both mother and infant. Additionally, educating pregnant women on the importance of maintaining a healthy BMI and the potential risks associated with obesity during pregnancy is crucial.


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Enas Jaleel Alobaidy , College of Medicine, Diyala University, Iraq




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Alobaidy , E. J., Majeed , R. I., & Khaleel , S. A. (2024). The Influence of Maternal Body Weight on Childbirth Delivery Method. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SYSTEMS AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, 3(3), 181–192. Retrieved from