According to a study conducted by the researchers of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at the new Saint Louis University said that labor among obese pregnant women can be tiresome and complicated. They say that this could be another reason to remain fit and svelte. In case of obese pregnant women it takes a longer time to induce labor.
The study results were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The obese women also needed more medication a dinoprostone vaginal insert to activate labor, and it took longer for the medicine to start working. The obese women also are more likely to have a cesarean deliver than a vaginal delivery. The study included 195 patients, and was conducted by Erin Brousseau, M.D., an obstetrics, gynecology and women's health resident at Saint Louis University, who presented the research. She says the take home message is that doctors need to tell obese women that electing to have labor induced can place them at higher risk of longer labor and could increase the possibility that they will need a cesarean section. In addition, doctors may want to wait for labor to begin spontaneously rather than choosing to induce labor early in obese women, given these risks.