Does obesity impact pregnancy?

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Does obesity impact pregnancy?

Does obesity impact pregnancy?

Yes, and it does impact in a big way ! Being obese during pregnancy can have a major impact on you and your baby’s health. Obesity is defined as having an unnecessary body fat and body mass index (or BMI) is used to determine if a person is obese. Being obese can harm your fertility by inhibiting normal ovulation; it can also affect in vitro fertilization (IVF). The higher your BMI is, the bigger are your chances of having a complication during pregnancy. Some of the common pregnancy complications related to overweight or obese are:

  • gestational diabetes,
  • pre-eclampsia,
  • high blood pressure (gestational hypertension), which happens when there is a trouble with the placenta, your labour starting too soon.

Being overweight also raises the chance that your pregnancy will go past the due date. When you give birth, having a BMI of 30 or above can mean that you are more likely to have:

  • An assisted birth (with forceps or ventouse),
  • a caesarean section,
  • increased or heavy bleeding after birth (postpartum haemorrhage or PPH),
  • a wound infection if you give birth by caesarean section,
  • a blood clot in a deep vein in your leg (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) or in your lung (pulmonary embolism or PE),
  • increased time spent in hospital due to complications.
  • if you’re overweight or obese during your pregnancy, you’re more likely to have a big baby  (macrosomia).

So better loose those extra pounds to have a safe pregnancy!

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