Pregnancy and Obesity

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and obesity.

What are the risks to the baby after an obese pregnancy?

Dr. McKenna discusses how babies are affected when mom is obese while pregnant. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the risks to the baby after an obese pregnancy?

Infants that are born to mom that are obese tend to have more complications around the time of delivery secondary to diabetes. Infants of diabetic moms can be too large. They can be hurt at the time of delivery. They might have low blood sugar or their organs may not be mature. They may be more like a preemie despite being full-term.

Those are complications that are mostly related to gestational diabetes. However, there's also the effect of the increase body fat on the newborn that's going to affect that baby throughout the rest of their life. That child is going to be more likely to have complications such as type 2 diabetes and the metabolic disorder.

   

Infants who are born to a mom who is obese tend to have complications at the time of delivery related to gestational diabetes. Infants of moms with diabetes can be too large. They can be hurt at the time of delivery. They might have low blood sugar or their organs may not be mature. They may be more like a preemie despite being full-term.

A higher level of body fat in a newborn will affect a baby throughout his or her life. The child will be more likely to have complications such as Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic disorder.

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Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners