Will My Weight Complicate My Second Pregnancy?

Will My Weight Complicate My Second Pregnancy?

Weight is a complication of life. Many things in our bodies are affected when we are overweight and the added pounds can make our chances to develop illnesses and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease even higher. It also has great social repercussions. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Most people who are overweight find that they are extremely self-conscious about it and some have even been subjected to heavy ridicule from their peers and even their loved ones.However, one thing that is not typically taken into account is the affect that weight has on a pregnancy.

Risk Factors to your health

Being pregnant is a naturally delicate time in a woman’s life. If you have already had a child and are looking for your second, you already know that you need to eat certain foods and avoid certain things while you are pregnant. In fact, this alone is a major factor in the reason that some women choose to avoid having kids.

However, being overweight before you get pregnant can have some steep consequences. For starters, it may be more difficult to have certain procedures, such as ultrasounds completed. There is also a greater chance that you will develop infections and gestational diabetes if you are overweight when you become pregnant. Many overweight women find that they develop urinary infections while they are pregnant.

Risks for your baby’s health

Other issues that a woman’s weight may cause while she is pregnant are risks to the baby’s health. For example, women who are overweight have a greater chance of having a miscarriage or going into premature labor than pregnant women with a more suitable weight.

Additional weight may also cause developmental issues as the baby is growing as well. Fat has the potential of blocking key blood vessels that are responsible for feeding your fetus and this could lead to your baby not receiving the nutrients that it needs to develop properly.

Emotional Issues

Women who are overweight during their pregnancy will also experience more emotional problems as well. Most women who are pregnant enjoy looking pregnant and having the joy of people sharing in their excitement. However, this may be difficult for pregnant women who are extremely overweight or obese.

You may find that many people will not take note of your pregnant state and those who do know may even question or poke fun that they cannot tell that you are pregnant. These comments can be extremely hurtful and difficult to deal with.

Fertility Problems

Weight can also play a huge role in getting pregnant as well. If you already have a child and are now ready for your second baby, you may find that it is more difficult to get pregnant this time around. Added weight can be a huge factor in getting pregnant because of the affects that it has on your reproductive organs. Studies have shown that the higher a woman’s weight is while she is trying to conceive, the less chance she has of getting pregnant.

You may also find that doctors are less willing to help you get pregnant with your second child if you are overweight. They will likely suggest that you try to lose some additional weight before beginning any form of treatment. This can be very discouraging for couples who are ready to have their second child.

Age and Weight Combination

One of the biggest changes between your first and second child is your age. While age alone affects your chances of becoming pregnant again, weight can lower those chances even more. There are also many health concerns that we face as we become older pregnant women and to add extra weight into the mix can make for some difficult pregnancies.

Many have found that being overweight can cause second pregnancies to have more difficult side effects than the first go round and have even found that when it comes time to give birth that this is more difficult as well. There are numerous accounts of overweight women who have had no problem giving birth naturally the first time are now forced to have C-sections instead.

When you are trying to get pregnant, whether it is your first or second child, one of the best ways to start your pregnancy is with a healthy weight. By maintaining a healthy weight before you get pregnant, you not only can avoid many risks involved with weight, but you will find that it is easier to get back to your desired weight after you give birth.

If you find that you are struggling to lose the weight from your first pregnancy, talk to your doctor about the things that you need to do to lose the weight before you begin trying for your next baby. He will probably be able to guide you down the path so that you are healthy when you are ready for your second baby.

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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).