How does being overweight affect the pregnancy journey? Expert Answers

Collage Maker 04 Oct 2022 04.45 PM

Did you know that when a mother is overweight, it can hurt both her and her baby’s health?

The body mass index (BMI) is used to measure obesity. But a mother with a BMI of 30 or more would be considered obese. In the next article, we will explain the link between being overweight and being pregnant. Read on to learn more about it and make sure you stay safe and healthy during your pregnancy. Obesity is the cause of all other health problems. It is a silent killer that can lead to a number of health problems.

Obesity can affect pregnancy in many ways, from the time of conception until the baby is born. This can make things hard for both the mother and the baby.

Obese pregnant women encounter obesity problems.

  1. You might be surprised to learn that having a high BMI could make it harder for your eggs to get fertilized when you ovulate normally. Even if a woman who is overweight ovulates every month, it can be hard for her to get pregnant.
  2. Spontaneous abortion: Not only can obese women have more than one miscarriage, but they can also have stillbirths. Both of these are situations in which the baby might not survive the pregnancy.
  3. Heart problems:  There is a link between being overweight and having heart problems. Yes, that’s the case! Heart problems are more likely in people who are overweight. Heart diseases are more likely to happen to pregnant women who are overweight. So, obese women need to be careful, keep their weight at a healthy level, and take the best care possible of their hearts.
  4. Sleep disorder: Sleep apnea, which can also be fatal, may affect pregnant women who are overweight more often.
  5. Damage to other organs:  Organs can be hurt by being overweight while pregnant. Being overweight can hurt the liver, kidneys, and other important organs.
  6. Gestational diabetes:  It happens when a woman is pregnant. One of the things that raises the risk of GD is being overweight.
  7. Respiratory problems:  Most of the time, obese mothers are more likely to get respiratory infections.

Dr. Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar, says that “obese mothers should lose weight, get checked for sleep problems like sleep apnea, and try to stay away from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.” Follow your specialist’s recommendations. If you have gestational diabetes, take your diabetes medicines as prescribed, get enough sleep, and try not to worry.

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