- Babies more chance for Complications during and after Pregnancy in
February 3rd, 2006
A recent paper
published on Feb 3rd, in the Inter Science online journal
found that there is an increased risk for obese mothers to have
complications during pregnancy. They also have higher risks for babies
being born with medical problems.
Obese women not
only are faced with difficult pregnancies, they are also at an increased
risk for infertility. During pregnancy the obese woman has a higher
chance of having hypertension, gestational diabetes and thromboembolic
events. Thromboembolic events are symptoms caused by blood clots which
reduce or block blood flow to important tissues. These obese women are
also more likely to need a cesarean section delivery.
The babies after
delivery also have increased chances of spending time in the intensive
care units after delivery. There are also higher occurrences for neural
tube defects, such as spina bifida. A French study said that the
overweight women tended to cost more for these deliveries and they
stayed in the hospital longer.
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey believes that more than half are
overweight of women aged 20 to 39 with almost one third being obese.
This could further become even more epidemic in the years to come as
more children are obese during childhood than ever before in the United
suggests that compared to normal weight women, women whose body mass
index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 30 have approximately double the
risk of having an affected child," stated the Public Affairs Committee
who wrote the report.
cannot say that it is certain that the increased risk of birth defects
are directly related to obesity; however there is some hints that there
may be a link.
suggests that if you are planning on becoming pregnant you should try to
lose weight well before ever trying to get pregnant. You should not be
dieting when trying to get pregnant as nutrition is extremely important
during the whole pregnancy. Planning your pregnancy can be an important
step to improve the overall outcome.
The report does
not recommend gastric bypass surgery at this time. They do say that
there have been reports of people having normal pregnancies and some
have had improved outcomes compared to if they did not have the
surgery. The weight loss from the gastric bypass surgery also has
helped in treating infertility for some overweight women.
weight loss procedures can result in nutritional deficiencies, it
appears reasonable to recommend that pregnancy be delayed until
surgery-related weight loss has stabilized," stated the researchers.
The report also
said that after the baby is born these women should try to breast feed
the baby as it has been shown to help protect children against childhood
obesity. They feel that nutrition education is important before and
during pregnancy to plan for appropriate weight as well as eating
appropriate nutrition during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or planning
on becoming pregnant, donít do any dieting or modifications without
consulting with your doctor first.
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