Obesity and Pregnancy Medication

Updated: Dec 27, 2017
  • Author: Dawn M Palaszewski, MD; Chief Editor: Edward H Springel, MD, FACOG  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity and prevent complications.

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Antibiotics

Class Summary

Therapy must cover all likely pathogens in the context of this clinical setting. Prophylactic antibiotics should be administered based on maternal weight.

Cefazolin

First-generation semisynthetic cephalosporin that arrests bacterial cell wall synthesis, inhibiting bacterial growth. Based on general surgical procedures the suggested recommended dose is 2g prophylactic dose for women who weigh >80kg (175 lbs.), with an increase to 3g for those who weight >120kg (265 lbs.).

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