Pregnancy_case_study.PNGMaternal obesity can be extremely harmful to the health of mothers and babies, with increased risk of a range of conditions including hypertension, pre-eclampsia, caesarean section, birth injuries, post-partum haemorrhage and diabetes.

In 2014/15, almost half (49.3%) of all mothers in NI were considered pre-obese or obese at the time of booking, and obese pregnant women cost the NHS 37% more than their counterparts of a normal weight.