Obesity and Pregnancy

Expert Pregnancy Care for Women with Obesity

Because a BMI of 30 or higher may complicate a pregnancy, our experts in maternal-fetal medicine (also called high-risk pregnancy specialists) and other supportive caregivers are there for you and your baby. We closely monitor areas where you may be at risk for complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, premature birth and delivery via Cesarean section. With expertise and a supportive approach, we are committed to helping every woman achieve a healthy and safe pregnancy. Our physicians and nurses create an individualized care plan that may begin before conception and continue through pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond.

Choose Us for Optimal, Supportive Care for High Risk Pregnancy

  • Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists partner with world-class experts throughout the hospital to address preexisting medical conditions and any that develop during pregnancy.
  • Our team of experts offer Virtual Visits to connect with you while you stay at home. Many appointments, including an initial consult, second opinion, monitoring, or follow-up care, can effectively be held virtually so you can begin or continue your care.
  • If needed, our state-of-the-art 66-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers the most advanced technology in New England for premature babies and newborns with medical needs.
  • The Center for Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Genetics provides assessment and treatment of inherited conditions and a wide range of fetal disease.
  • Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists collaborate with community-based obstetricians to co-manage patients throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Obesity, Infertility & Pregnancy Facebook Live Video (Previously Recorded)

Experts Dr. Rachel Ashby and Dr. Sarah Little, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology and the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine discuss the impact of an elevated BMI on fertility and pregnancy.


Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are available to connect with you in person and with Virtual Visits. To request an appointment, call 617-732-5130 or submit the form below.

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