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.