Obesity & Pregnancy

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Obesity & Pregnancy

Having a high BMI during pregnancy can have a significant influence on your health and that of your baby. Learn about potential risks, weight-gain guidelines, and what you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.When a person’s BMI is 30 or greater, they are considered obese. Divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared and multiply by 703 to get your BMI. Alternatively, multiply your weight in kilos by your squared height in meters. A high BMI can interfere with conception by preventing regular ovulation. The greater the BMI, even in women who ovulate regularly, the longer it may take to become pregnant. According to several studies, having a higher BMI is linked to a higher likelihood of in vitro fertilization failure (IVF).

A high BMI during pregnancy raises the risk of a variety of problems, including:

    • Stillbirth, miscarriage, and repeated miscarriage
    • Diabetes during pregnancy
    • High blood pressure and evidence of damage to another organ system, most commonly the liver and kidneys, are symptoms of this pregnancy problem (preeclampsia)
    • Heart issues
    • Apnea during sleep
    1. The requirement for a C-section and the risk of complications from the procedure, such as wound infections
  • Until her baby is born, the mother must push her baby through her birth canal. 
  • Within an hour, the mother pushes out her placenta, the organ that provides nutrients and oxygen to both the mother and the baby via the umbilical cord.

Congenital defects
Being substantially bigger at birth than the typical (fetal macrosomia)
Growth issues
Asthma in children
Obesity in children
Problems with cognition and developmental delays
Other factors, however, might influence these outcomes.

When deciding how much weight you need to acquire throughout pregnancy, take into account your pre-pregnancy weight and BMI. Consult your doctor to determine what’s best for you and how to maintain a healthy weight throughout pregnancy.Rather of advising you to acquire a certain amount of weight, your doctor may advise you to concentrate on preventing excessive weight gain throughout pregnancy.

Early and consistent prenatal care is critical while you’re pregnant to keep yourself and your developing baby healthy.

Your health care provider may discuss the following topics with you during your first prenatal visit to help you have a good pregnancy:

  • Take Folic Acid
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol, tobacco or prohibited drugs
  • Talk to your physician
  • Toxic compounds should be avoided.
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Reduce your caffeine consumption
  • Keep a healthy body weight
  • Routine dental  check ups
  • Prevent infections

From the first week until the forty-first, it’s critical to look for yourself so that you can look after your kid. Despite the fact that you must take some measures and be constantly conscious of how everything you do — and don’t do — may impact your baby, many women report they have never felt healthier than when pregnant.

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