Being obesity during you pregnancy can have a major impact on your health and your baby’s health. Find out about the possible complications, recommendations for weight gain and what you can do to promote a healthy pregnancy.
Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. So you should losing weight before you become pregnant is the best way to decrease the risk of problems caused by obesity. Losing even a small amount of weight (6% to 8% of your current weight, or about 20-30 pounds) can improve your overall health and pave the way for a healthier pregnancy.
Women who are obese are more likely to have diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) than are women who have a normal weight. Preeclampsia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of developing a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys (preeclampsia).
Infection. Women who are obese during pregnancy are at increased risk of urinary tract infections. Obesity also increases the risk of postpartum infection, whether the baby is delivered vaginally or by C-section. Before pregnancy, get a preconception checkup. This is a medical checkup you get before pregnancy. Your health care provider can help you find ways to eat healthy and be physically active to help you lose weight before you get pregnant.