Pregnancy and Obesity: Know The Risks

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Being pregnant is always something that could bring about a wealth of complications and health problems. One of the items that could cause issues for you before you even become pregnant is being obese. Here are some things you need to know about obesity and how it affects your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Before you Become Pregnant

For those who are already obese before they become pregnant, it is important to talk to your doctor early about potential health problems you may have because of your weight. If possible, try to lose the weight before you become pregnant because your baby will have a greater risk of developing problems of their own, if you are obese.

Before you get pregnant, you should also make sure that any health conditions you have in addition to your weight are being controlled and treated appropriately. Medications you may be taking could need to be changed so that you are able to have a healthy pregnancy. This is something you will need to discuss with your doctor before you become pregnant.

During your Pregnancy

Women who are obese when they become pregnant are at risk of developing conditions while they are pregnant. For example, you have a greater risk of developing gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. Many women who are obese have a greater chance of developing urinary tract infections while they are pregnant.

Another issue that women face when they are obese while they are pregnant is an increased risk of losing the pregnancy before they give birth. Women who are obese have a greater chance of having a miscarriage because of their weight.

When it does come time to deliver the baby, you could find that you have a pregnancy that continues past your due date. This could lead to the need for an induction or for a c-section, both of which have their own drawbacks and health concerns.

Health Concerns for Baby

Finally, there are also some concerns for your baby’s health if you are obese when you are pregnant. For example, your baby could develop macrosomia, which occurs when your baby stores an excessive amount of fat and is larger than normal. This could lead to childhood obesity, breathing problems and a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Chronic conditions and birth defects are also a possibility. Your baby could be at a higher risk of heart disease or diabetes when they become an adult because of your weight when you were pregnant with them. Birth defects re also more likely to occur when a mother is obese.

These are all some major concerns you will definitely want to take into consideration when you are trying to become pregnant while obese. Talk to your doctor about all your options for losing the weight and how you can stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).