Pregnancy Risks For Overweight Women
Today I want to get serious and tell you about the pregnancy risks for overweight women. This can be a serious problem for both mother and baby and it is one I felt I should address here.
If you are planning to try for a baby then it is important to read this all the way to the end so you understand the need to have your weight under control before you try to fall pregnant with your first or any subsequent pregnancies.
The subject of Pregnancy risks for overweight women was featured on the news and I decided to do some research and get a bit more information on the subject.
BMI and what does it mean?
BMI as I a sure you are all aware is body mass index and this is often used to determine if a person is overweight. It is worked out by dividing your height in meters by your weight in kilograms. Here is a chart so that when you have calculated your BMI you will know what it means
BMI Weight Status
below 18.5 Underweight
30 or higher Obese
40 or higher Extreme Obesity
First and foremost being obese may prevent you falling pregnant because it interferes with normal ovulation. Even IVF is affected and the higher your BMI the less likely IVF will succeed.
What can happen if I do get pregnant?
Being overweight carries with it a whole host of problems and risks during pregnancy.
It has been found that pregnant women who are obese are more likely to suffer urinary tract infections. It also increases the risk of infection after the baby is born regardless of whether you have delivered vaginally or by Cesarean Section
There is also a risk of developing gestational diabetes. This is more prevalent in overweight women than it is in women who are within the normal weight range.
Preeclampsia is also more likely to occur when the mother is obese. It is a complication that leads to high blood pressure and lead to damage to the kidneys and other organs.
Obesity can cause pregnancy to continue long past the due date. This makes it more likely that labor will have to be induced. Another labor problem you may face is the reduction in the effectiveness of pain medication.
Sadly, obesity can also lead to miscarriage.
Could being overweight affect my baby?
Overweight women are more likely to have a much bigger baby (Macrosomia) and they have more bady fat than is normal. It is thought that higher birth weight does increase the likelihood of childhood obesity.
Your weight might increase the risk of your child developing diabetes of heart disease as an adult.
Research has shown that obesity could lead to birth defects in your baby.
During pregnancy how much weight gain should I have?
This is something you need to talk to your doctor about. How much you gain is determined by your pre-pregnancy weight and some other factors and it is best to be guided by your doctor.
There are some guidelines but it is much better to work it out with your health care professional.
If you are overweight the best case scenario would be to lose the weight before becoming pregnant. This is not to say go on some fad crash diet that usually does more harm than good. It means to adopt a sensible portion controlled diet and exercise regularly. Talk to your doctor and ask about consulting a dietitian.
The best thing you can do to ensure the health of both you and your baby is to be as close to normal weight as you can get and be as fit as you can. If you smoke do your best to stop and also eliminate alcohol. Of course any illicit drugs should not be used at all.
I hope this has helped you and I would love to hear your story. Just drop me a note below. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and an awesome outcome.