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Pregnancy and Obesity: How Does Obesity Affect Pregnant Women?


Being overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25–29.9. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater. Dr Neelima Mantri best laparoscopic surgeon in mumbai gives clear information about the body weight for pregnant woman. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Pregnancy and Obesity: How Does Obesity Affect Pregnant Women?

Maternal Obesity has always been a major risk
factor during pregnancy. Compared to women with
normal weight, obese women are at increased risk
of pregnancy complications like Gestational
Diabetes, Preeclampsia. Does it mean that obese
women cannot have a healthy pregnancy and
delivery? No, absolutely not. There is more to
this situation than just so-called risk factors
and there ways that can help you get past the
risks too. The term Obese itself is a general
term, which is categorized again based on the
severity. So what are the risk factors? Are they
the same for each category? Let us find out
What is Obesity? Obesity is a condition in which
body accumulates excess amounts of body fat and
thus, the weight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is the
metric that is used to determine if the person is
obese. It is a mathematical calculation that is
based on height and weight. Heres how the scale
BMI for pregnant Women Dr Neelima Mantri
The health condition of an individual is
determined based on the above scale 18.5 24.9
is the recommended range for healthy adults
anything above this score is the territory with
varying amounts of risk. The score that falls
between 25 and 29.9 translates to the excess
weight that comes from their fat, bone, muscle,
and water in the body. Anything above 30 falls
under the obese category which represents an
excess amount of fat that has accumulated due to
unhealthy food habits and lifestyle
choices. While anything above 30 falls under the
obese category, the risks that each of the three
categories differs based on the scores as
follows Lowest risk BMI 30-34.9 Medium risk
BMI 35-39.9 Highest risk BMI gt40
Risks of Obesity for Pregnant Woman The risk of
obesity drastically increases with BMI, post 30
and can result in following complications like
High Blood Pressure, Gestational Diabetes,
Miscarriage or stillbirth, Blood clot problems,
Urinary tract infections, breastfeed
problems. Maternal Obesity also increases the
risk of other health problems for the baby too.
It is found that the risk of stillbirth is
doubled for the woman with BMI greater than 35.
Babies of an obese mom are also at an increased
risk of neural tube defects, heart defects and
problems with the optimal development of the
limbs. Ways to improve the chances of healthy
pregnancy for obese women Eating healthy foods
following an active lifestyle and a regular
prenatal care regimen are essential components of
a healthy pregnancy for normal women. But women
with weight issues are first advised to get their
medical check-up done before treading on to
Entering pregnancy with normal BMI and gaining
weight within a recommended range is an ideal way
to ensure and healthy pregnancy and delivery. But
these recommended levels change depend upon your
current weight. So your health care provider can
help you with an optimal weight range and tips to
achieve it, based on your current health
condition. If you are still unsure about the
necessary plan and would like to seek help,
Dr.Neelima Mantri,Best Laparoscopic and
Gynaecologist in Mumbai, India.
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