New IJGO Supplement: FIGO initiative on impact of pregnancy on long-term health


The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) has published a new open access supplement on the FIGO initiative on the impact of pregnancy on long-term health. The supplement was written with the leadership of the FIGO Committee on the Impact of Pregnancy on Long-term Health and published in January 2023. 

The supplement includes, among others, FIGO best practice advice on issues such as hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, management of obesity across the life course and prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus through interventions during pregnancy. The supplement also provides a review and evaluation of the FIGO Nutrition Checklist, as well as a literature review on the links between obesity and infertility. 

Improving women’s health across the life course: the relevance of pregnancy and the postpartum period 

As highlighted by Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe, Chair of FIGO’s Committee on the Impact of Pregnancy on Long-Term Health,  

Pregnancy presents a unique opportunity in a woman's life course to consider her health over the long term.  

It is known that many pregnancy complications are risk factors for long-term maternal chronic disease, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Malnutrition and obesity underlie many of these pregnancy complications and long-term chronic disease. These are important issues to be addressed before, during, and after pregnancy, and across the life course. 

In addition, this supplement addresses post-pregnancy care as an opportunity to improve maternal long-term health. Post-pregnancy interventions include breastfeeding as a protective and life-saving intervention beneficial to the health of mother and baby, as well as the postpartum visit as a window of opportunity to review a woman’s recent pregnancy and plan for care going forward. 

Read the full supplement 

Supplement overview 

The articles in the IJGO supplement on the FIGO initiative on impact of pregnancy on long-term health are as follows:   

Editorial: Impact of pregnancy on long-term health: Advances in post-pregnancy care—An opportunity to improve long-term maternal health  

Editorial: Women's health across the life course and opportunities for improvement: Every woman, every time, everywhere

Editorial: Extending maternal nutrition to the neonate: The value of initiation and exclusive breastfeeding

Using FIGO Nutrition Checklist counselling in pregnancy: A review to support healthcare professionals

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and long-term cardiovascular health: FIGO Best Practice Advice

Management of obesity across women's life course: FIGO Best Practice Advice

The challenges of obesity for fertility: A FIGO literature review

Pregnancy as an opportunity to prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus: FIGO Best Practice Advice

Evaluating implementation of the FIGO Nutrition Checklist for preconception and pregnancy within the Bukhali trial in Soweto, South Africa