Beyond The Bump: Obesity and Pregnancy

CENTRALPASCO0904If you’re considering becoming pregnant and have concerns that your weight might be an issue, be aware that health professionals agree that while the effects of obesity on everyone’s health is profound, it’s nowhere more alarming than in those who are or may become pregnant.

Obesity is defined as having an excess amount of body fat, and is most commonly measured by a person’s body mass index, or BMI – anyone with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered to be obese. If you’re seeking to become pregnant, you should know that fertility among obese women is often compromised as normal ovulation becomes inhibited; further, success rates for in vitro fertilization similarly drop as weight increases.

Once they become pregnant, women who are considered obese find themselves at an elevated risk of complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure). Obesity also correlates with increased and more severe urinary tract infections, which can increase the likelihood of postpartum infection. Other labor issues, such as delayed onset of labor or extended labor times, are also more common.

Finally, health problems obese women already face — obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease — are all exacerbated by the pregnancy. The chances of a successful delivery drop precipitously as a person becomes more obese, as riskier procedures become more commonplace. Obesity increases the likelihood of a woman needing to be induced to labor, as well as the statistical likelihood of requiring an emergency C-section to deliver a baby — and the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth are much higher among women who suffer from obesity.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in bmi | 0 comments