Can You be Overweight and Have a Healthy Pregnancy?

Obesity is a very common problem today. Many women across the globe are overweight. In fact at least one in every five women who get pregnant are obese. These numbers are staggering and not in the good way because studies have linked obesity with numerous pregnancy related complications, most of which are actually severe. Complications may arise in you as well as your baby if you are obese at the time of pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Pregnancy complications

Problems for obese women start from the beginning itself. Did you know that obese women are about thirty percent less likely to get pregnant at all? Getting pregnant while obese is extremely difficult. The likelihood of sustaining the pregnancy among those who end up getting pregnant is also less.

Those who are obese will face numerous complications throughout pregnancy. They might suffer with hypertension or preeclampsia during pregnancy and also gestational diabetes.

Both these problems are major problems and can’t be taken lightly. Obese women also have more chances of suffering with infections after delivery. The incidence of hypertension after pregnancy is five times more in obese women!

Risks when giving birth

Chances of a cesarean section are higher in the case of obese pregnant ladies. Normal births are few if any. The risks of fetal deaths are also considerably higher in obese women. The numbers are again staggering.

Apparently, recent studies have shown, that the risks of a stillbirth are double with obese women. Also, the risks of premature births are thirty-four percent higher in obese women. Arrested labor is another complication associated with obesity.

The odds of birth defects are also higher in obese pregnancies. They are actually double! Birth defects related to the spinal cord such as spina bifida are more common in babies born to obese women. Risks of abnormal rectum, cleft lip, cleft palate, hydrocephaly or the accumulation of water in the brain, and heart problems are also higher.

Effects on babies after birth

The fact that you are obese can affect your baby even after birth. The risks of your baby suffering with childhood obesity will be higher. Also, she might develop type II diabetes later on. Hospital costs will also weigh you down if you are obese because you will have to stay in the hospital longer.

If you suffer from any complications or if you have to deliver through C-section, the costs will obviously be higher. Thus, obese pregnant ladies will have to shell out more money at the hospital usually.

If you are planning on getting pregnant, fix your BMI

If you are planning on getting pregnant, you should first fix your BMI. You should ensure that you have healthy weight when you enter pregnancy. Remember that weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable.

However, you can control how much weight you gain. If you fail to control your weight before pregnancy or if your pregnancy was not planned, you should talk to your doctor as soon as you confirm pregnancy in order to make sure you don’t gain too much weight.

Stay fit

You should follow a healthy diet and an active lifestyle before and after conception to stay fit. Eat food rich in fiber and cut down on fatty foods. If you don’t know what to consume and what to avoid, talk to your dietician and she will devise a diet plan for you to follow.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).