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Hypertens Pregnancy. 2011;30(4):396-400. doi: 10.3109/10641955.2010.506233. Epub 2010 Aug 20.

Body mass index and blood pressure measurement during pregnancy.

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Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Jennifer.Hogan@ucdconnect.ie

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The accurate measurement of blood pressure requires the use of a large cuff in subjects with a high mid-arm circumference (MAC). This prospective study examined the need for a large cuff during pregnancy and its correlation with maternal obesity.

METHODS:

Maternal body mass index (BMI), fat mass, and MAC were measured.

RESULTS:

Of 179 women studied, 15.6% were obese. With a BMI of level 1 obesity, 44% needed a large cuff and with a BMI of level 2 obesity 100% needed a large cuff.

CONCLUSION:

All women booking for antenatal care should have their MAC measured to avoid the overdiagnosis of pregnancy hypertension.

PMID:
20726743
DOI:
10.3109/10641955.2010.506233
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