Risks Related To Obesity And Pregnancy – How Can It Affect You & Your Baby ?

There are many health conditions and various problems that can occur as a result of being obese – a medical condition where the body has a large amount of excess fat.

In fact, obesity related conditions, such as, heart disease are leading causes of death in the United States each year.

Obesity also can have adverse effects on pregnancy and fertility.Being obese whilepregnant can not only affect your health, but, the health of your unborn baby as well.

When you are obese it can inhibit normal ovulation. It can also decrease your chances ofhaving a successful in vitro fertilization.

Fertility is affected by obesity as well, and experts state that even a 10% body fat loss canresult in a 25% increase of success in fertility.

In order to help explain the significance of the aforementioned statements, let us considerthe following 3 video extracts before delving into the main theme of this lesson.


Learn the Risks Associated with Obesity and Pregnancy:(approximately 2 mins.)

Riverton Hospital’s Kathy Langar, MD, talks about obesity and the risks added to pregnancy (infertility, miscarriage, gestational diabetes, blood clots, etc.). Mary Nickles from KU TV chats with her about the benefits of being at a healthy weight when thinking about getting pregnant.


My Health Matters – How does being overweight or obese affect pregnancy risks ? (approx. 2 mins.)

Having a high BMI is associated with some increased risks in pregnancy. Endocrinologist Dr. Sheila Laredo, chief of staff at Women’s College Hospital, explains how those risks may affect both mother and baby.


Obesity and Pregnancy.(approx. 5 mins.)

Dr. Samuel Wood of the Reproductive Sciences Center in San Diego explains the risks associated with being overweight during pregnancy and giving birth to an overweight baby.

Medical Condition Risks In Pregnant Women Who Are Obese

Gestational Diabetes

An obese woman is more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy than a woman who is not obese.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that afflicts about 2% to 10% of expectant mothers, and so it is considered to be one of the more common conditions during pregnancy, but, not something that is not considered to be serious.

Diabetes, put simply, is abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood because the insulin that is supposed to covert that sugar (glucose) into fuel does not do so properly and the result isthen too much glucose remains in the blood instead of moving into the cells for energyconversion.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes make cells less sensitive to insulin. For most moms-to-be,this isn’t a problem when the pancreas does its job and secretes more insulin, but when it does not the condition is referred to as gestational diabetes.


When you are obese during pregnancy you’re at a higher risk of developing the condition of Preeclampsia, which means high blood pressure and also protein in the urine during week 20 of the pregnancy.


Urinary tract infections are very common in obese women during pregnancy. They also have an increased risk for postpartum infection. It doesn’t matter if your baby is delivered via C-section or vaginally. You still have an increased risk for postpartum infection.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep order. And when it is considered obstructive sleep apnea it iseven more dangerous.reased risk for postpartum infection.y.

When you have obstructive sleep apnea your breathing will literally stop and then start back upwhile you are sleeping. During pregnancy this condition can get worsen.

Overdue Preg-Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obesity increases your risk for delivering your baby past the expected due date. If pregnancy continues for too long you will have to be subjected to an induced pregnancy procedure.


When you are obese the chances of having a miscarriage are greatly increased. It also increases your chances of having a still birth.

As stated before, obesity during pregnancy doesn’t just affect the expecting mother. It can also negatively affect the unborn baby. Here are a few ways obesity in pregnancy can affect the health of the unborn baby :h.


Macrosomia is a term used to describe a baby that is born bigger than the average baby. Women who are obese are more likely to have a baby that has more body fat than a normal baby.

According to research the more birth weight increases the greater is the risk for childhood obesity.

Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions are also fairly common in children whose mother was obese during pregnancy.It’s not uncommon for babies to develop diabetes or even heart disease as a result.

Birth Defects

According to research obesity during pregnancy can increase the likelihood a child is born with abirth defect (congenital). Some common birth defects include cardiovascular problems. Otherissues involve the brain or spinal cord (ie Central Nrvous System).

Prevention And Safety Tips

With so many issues that can arise as a result of obesity during pregnancy it is a good idea to do all you can to stay as healthy as possible during this time.

If you can work with dietitian to come up with a good eating plan for you to follow during pregnancy. During pregnancy there are certain things you will need more of. A register eddietitian will know this and plan your diet accordingly.

You should also try to get some sort of physical activity. Being that you are pregnant there are only so many things you can do.

Speak with your doctor and see what type of exercises are safe for you to do. A walk in the neighbourhood is always good option.

To terminate this particular section,the article below was recently obtained from the http://youbeauty.com site :Click to replace anchor text

Why You Should Stay Active DuringPregnancy

“Women with higher levels of belly fat in their first trimester are more likely to develop diabetes “.

NOV 8, 2015

We know the importance of staying active throughout our lives, but it can be temptingto slack off during pregnancy, especially when those food cravings are calling.

But according to a study recently published in Diabetes Care, women with higher levels of belly fat in the first trimester of pregnancy up their chances of developing gestational diabetes. Researchers evaluated ultrasound images of close to 500 women ranging from 18 to 42 years old. The images, used to measure fat levels, were taken at 11 to 14 weeks and predicted that women with higher abdominal fat were more likely to develop diabetes around 24 to 28 weeks. With this form of early detection, women may be able to not only understand their bodies better, but have more control of their overall health.


The Top 6 Foods To Avoid When You Are Pregnant

View the original article: What can’t you eat when pregnant?

To close this lesson,I am sure at least expectant moms-to-be will find this article not only interesting to read BUT ALSO find it a source of one or two practical tips before they themselves go to the maternity ward :

What do mums-to-be put in their maternity bags ?

Clean or dirty?  Discover how the quality of water at hospital determines what pregnant women pack when they go to give birth.

Follow this link to find out more http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/features/magazine-35423849/35423849

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