Overweight Pregnancy Risks and Complications

Overweight Pregnancy Risks and Complications

By Dr. Sheetal, May 10, 2019

Does being overweight affect fertility?

Is it true that obese women have a higher chance of miscarriage? Sadly, Yes. Obese women have an increased risk of pregnancy loss (miscarriage) compared with women of normal weight. Overweight pregnancy risks might sound scary and so we throw light on how you can sidestep this nightmare and get into a healthy life.

So, what is the connection between weight, fertility & pregnancy? While malnutrition is still a major problem in India, the irony is that another matter of concern has been on a rapid rise, obesity. According to the National Family Health Survey, the number of people who fall under the category of obese has doubled in the last decade. This has caused a rise in obesity-related pregnancy complications as well as overweight pregnancy risks.

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Weight, Fertility, and Pregnancy

If it’s taking you an unnaturally long time to conceive, chances are that you are facing fertility issues arising out of excess weight.

In women, obesity causes problems with hormone levels, reduces the quality of eggs, inhibits healthy ovulation and causes which might lead to infertility. Infertility should not be confused with sterility as the latter is the complete inability to conceive while the former is the reduced ability to conceive, which can be treated through in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF).

Obesity is also linked to an infertility-related medical condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Moreover, pregnancy in women who have excess weight comes with overweight pregnancy risks and a higher rate of pregnancy loss.

Fertility in men is just as affected by excess weight and obesity due to reduced sperm production, sperm quality, and testosterone levels.

 

Effects of obesity on pregnancy

Women who are over the healthy weight limit at the time of pregnancy have a greater risk of:

  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes i.e. high blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure (Preeclampsia)
  • Problems during labour
  • Cesarean birth
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Induced labour
  • Sleep apnea

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Effects of obesity during pregnancy on your baby

If the mother is overweight during pregnancy, not only is she at risk but so is the baby. Overweight pregnancy risks on your baby include:

  • Premature birth
  • Birth defects
  • Fetal macrosomia i.e. a baby having a significantly larger amount of body fat than normal.
  • Higher possibility of getting diabetes, heart disease, and obesity later in life.

How do I tackle this?

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 (5–7% of your current weight, or about 10–20 pounds) can improve your overall health and pave the way for a healthier pregnancy.

Now, you may think losing weight takes a lot of time and effort but, it really doesn’t. At Define, you go through a customized treatment plan consisting of scientifically proven technologies,  under expert doctor supervision.

This is proven to give instant results to over 4,000+ patients and in many cases aided with infertility related cases.

Lose weight right and have a healthy pregnancy

Find out if your body is equipped to support a pregnancy before you decide to conceive. A preconception checkup is very important to find out if your body is of the optimum weight to sustain the pregnancy. If your weight is above the optimum level, non-invasive and sustainable weight loss technologies are the ideal solution.

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