Effects from Obesity When Starting A Pregnancy
By Dani Kurtz
Apr 18, 2017
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
What risks are associated with maternal obesity?
If a baby is abnormally large, it increases the chances of complications at birth, including the need for a c-section. If an obese woman does needs a c-section, she is at higher risk for infection and blood clots afterwards.
Other risks include: carpal tunnel syndrome, postpartum depression, and sleep-related breathing disorders. The baby is also at risk for being obese during his/her childhood and into adulthood.
What can a woman do to prevent these risks?
All women thinking about having a baby should make a preconception appointment with their doctor. This gives the doctor an opportunity to identify things that need to be managed—like obesity, hypertension and diabetes—before the woman conceives so that she and her baby can be as healthy as possible. If the woman’s BMI is high, the doctor can help the woman identify a healthy goal weight and outline steps she can take to reach that goal before conceiving.
This applies to women who are having their first baby as well as subsequent babies. It’s important to lose baby weight before getting pregnant again.
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