Stewart, Frances Maria
The impact of maternal obesity on vascular and metabolic function throughout pregnancy.
MD thesis, University of Glasgow.
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Maternal obesity increases the risk of numerous maternal and fetal complications of pregnancy.
Women were recruited at booking for antenatal care. Each subject was examined in the first,
Second and third trimester of pregnancy as well as twelve weeks post partum. Using non invasive
techniques microvasular function was measured at each visit. Fasting bloods were taken. This
assessment allowed us to observe microvascular function, inflammatory response, dislipidaemia
and changes in fatty acid composition with advancing gestation and the degree of recovery in the
post partum. By recruitment of women with varying body mass index (BMI) values we were able
to examine the influence of maternal BMI on these responses to pregnancy.
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