Obesity can cause serious pregnancy-related medical complications such as hypertension and diabetes that contribute to prematurity and increase the likelihood of Cesarean birth.
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In Washington in 2021, 28.6% of women ages 18-44 were obese.
Notes: Obese before pregnancy: mother's pre-pregnancy body mass index categories are as follows: underweight (less than 18.5); recommended (18.5-24.9); overweight (25.0-29.9); obese (greater than 30.0). For more information about the availability of PRAMS data by state and year, refer to the Calculations page.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.
In Washington in 2019, 25.2% of mothers had a pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) classified as obese.
Obese is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30.0.