Overweight & Pregnancy

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It is increasingly a common issue of being overweight during pregnancy. Before a pregnancy is planned, get your BMI (Body Mass Indicator) assessed. In an ideal situation, in case your BMI is more than 30, you can start a regime to lose the extra weight. However, if you are already pregnant, and do not exercise on a regular basis, please do not start rigorous exercise.

Most women who are overweight and have babies have a regular pregnancy and deliveries.  However, it would be prudent to make you aware of the possibilities that might occur with high BMI and pregnancy. May be none of this will happen to you, but it is always good to be prepared.

During pregnancy these health complications are generally associated with high BMI;

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Hypertension

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Pulmonary Embolism

Requirement for assisted birth or C-section

Post-Partum Hemorrhage

Though rather rare, there are chances that the obesity of the mother results in spinal cord or brain defects in the new-born. Rare as these are, doctors will do extra ultrasounds to confirm the baby’s wellbeing at regular intervals.

Your health care practitioner will assist you every step with the required supplements for a smooth running pregnancy, while you need to be happy, eat healthy and exercise moderately.

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