Obesity and Pregnancy

Being obese during pregnancy can have a major impact on your health and your baby's health.  It includes:

· Gestational diabetes. Women who are obese are more likely to have diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) than are women who have a normal weight.

Preeclampsia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of developing a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys (preeclampsia).

· Infection. Women who are obese during pregnancy are at increased risk of urinary tract infections. Obesity also increases the risk of postpartum infection, whether the baby is delivered vaginally or by C-section.

· Overdue pregnancy. Obesity increases the risk that pregnancy will continue beyond the expected due date.

· C-section. Obesity during pregnancy increases the likelihood of elective and emergency C-sections. Obesity also increases the risk of C-section complications, such as wound infections. Women who are obese are also less likely to have a successful vaginal delivery after a C-section (VBAC).

·  Pregnancy loss. Obesity increases the risk of miscarriage

Eating healthily (including knowing what foods to avoid) and doing activities such as walking and swimming is good for all pregnant women. If you weren't active before pregnancy, it's a good idea to consult your midwife or doctor before starting a new exercise regime when you're pregnant.

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Preeclampsia and Obesity
  • Overdue pregnancy
  • Pregnancy loss and obesity

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