2. Prepregnancy BMI >40 kg/m2 and a delivery BMI >45 kg/m2 are predictive of a higher incidence of anaesthetic complications.
3. Antenatal anaesthetic assessment is recommended for parturients with BMI >40 kg/m2 at booking.
4. Early epidural placement is recommended during labour. Timing in relation to administration of LMWH may be required.
5. Spinal ultrasound may be helpful in achieving correct placement of central neuroaxial blocks.
6. Prepare for difficult laryngoscopy in the obese parturient with optimal patient positioning and an appropriate airway plan.
7. Meticulous care is required to reduce significant postoperative risks, including respiratory complications, thromboembolism and infections.