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Being overweight in pregnancy & after birth

This information is for you if you are overweight and are planning to become pregnant, expecting a baby, or have recently given birth.

Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and have healthy babies. However, being overweight or obese does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. You and your doctor can work together to reduce some of these risks.

Problems of obesity in pregnancy

  • Difficulty conceiving. May need help to conceive.

  • Higher incidence of early pregnancy complications like bleeding in pregnancy, miscarriage, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, sleep disturbances, constipation.

  • Less or delayed perception of fetal movements within

Pregnancy risks in OBESITY

  • Higher incidence of infections like urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, wound infections in pregnancy and after childbirth

  • Higher incidence of medical complications in pregnancy such as pregnancy-induced diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension etc

  • Higher risk of preterm delivery with all its attendant risks to the baby

After delivery problems in Obesity

  • Higher incidence of lactation difficulties

  • higher incidence of Caesarean section and instrumental deliveries - is a delivery issue. Shift it earlier to the pregnancy issues in obesity

  • Delayed recovery from childbirth

  • Higher incidence of postpartum depression, backache, difficulty in caring for the baby

What is BMI?

BMI is your body mass index, which is a measure of your weight in relation to your height.

  • healthy BMI- 18.5 to 24.9

  • high BMI- 25 or above

  • obese BMI- 30 or above

When will my BMI be calculated in pregnancy?

BMI is calculated on the first antenatal visit. Regular weight measurements are done through pregnancy visits.

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