Adams’ research on metformin and gestational weight gain highlighted in MDEdge

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Congratulations to UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jacquelyn Adams, MD! Adams presented the poster Weight gain in pregnancy: can metformin steady the scales? at the 2020 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 40th Annual Pregnancy Meeting in Grapevine, TX this February. Her research was highlighted in an article published on MDEdge.

Less gestational weight gain seen with metformin” describes Adams’ study comparing gestational weight gain for women who used metformin for diabetes or prediabetes during their pregnancy to weight gain of women who were not treated with metformin. The study found that metformin exposure at any point in pregnancy was associated with a significantly greater chance of appropriate – rather than excessive – weight gain.

“This is an important finding, said Dr. Adams, because previous work has shown that less weight gain in pregnancy is associated with lower risk for hypertension and preeclampsia, and lower rates of fetal macrosomia.

What about infant outcomes? Dr. Adams said that there were many concerns about metformin: “Would it affect baby outcome? Were those babies more likely to be hypoglycemic? Were they more likely to be growth restricted? Were they more likely to have issues in the NICU? And the answer was really, ‘No.’ ”

Read the whole article here. Amazing work, Dr. Adams!