Pregnancy and Obesity

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

What is the best way to avoid complications from being obese while pregnant?

Dr. McKenna discusses how to avoid pregnancy complications from being obese. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is the best way to avoid complications from being obese while pregnant?

No, we never recommend weight loss during pregnancy. Women who are obese have high risk pregnancies. The best way to avoid those risk is to achieve a normal body weight prior to becoming pregnant. Either by a change in your lifestyle and diet or even with weight loss programs including bariatric surgery. If you can achieve a normal body weight prior to becoming pregnant, you're more likely to avoid complications related to infertility. You're also more likely to avoid the complications that can occur during pregnancy, during labor and delivery and also complications for your newborn.

   

Women who are obese have high-risk pregnancies. The best way to avoid these risks is to achieve a normal body weight before becoming pregnant. You can achieve this by changing your lifestyle and diet or even with a weight-loss program, including bariatric surgery. If you can achieve a normal body weight prior to becoming pregnant, you're more likely to avoid complications related to infertility. You're also more likely to avoid the complications that can occur during pregnancy, during labor and delivery and any complications for your newborn.

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Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners