Obesity Can Cause Pregnancy Problems

For expectant mothers, obesity can cause problems for both mother and baby, from preconception all the way to delivery.

“Women who are obese have a harder time getting pregnant,” says Wendi M. Carns, MD, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They have a higher risk of miscarriage. They are at increased risk for becoming diabetic and having blood pressure problems in the pregnancy. These things can lead to preterm delivery.”

Carns_WendiCarns recommends preconception counseling to all expectant mothers to discuss their weight, fitness and other health issues. “Women should go to their doctor, whether they’re obese or not, to have a discussion about the risk factors and what they can do to improve their health before they get pregnant,” she says. “Proper nutrition and exercise can help expectant mothers stay healthy.”

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