Safer Pregnancy

If you are thinking about getting pregnant, your weight may be a factor in both getting pregnant, as well as your health during pregnancy, and even the weight of your child. You’ve likely heard about risks of pregnancy in women who are obese: “Gestational diabetes, high blood-pressure, pre-eclampsia, depression, forceps, vacuum and caesarean birth, and surgical site infection are more likely to occur in pregnant women with obesity compared to women of healthy weight (BMI between 18.5 and 25)”, according to Obesity New Today. Breastfeeding rates are also lower in women who are obese. In terms of the children, the American Diabetes Association reported on interesting research. This research said that the babies born to mothers who are obese have cells that are 30 percent more likely to accumulate fat. They found this by analyzing stem cells donated from the umbilical cords at birth. Although this study just looked at immediate results, other research has shown that the children of moms who are obese when they give birth, have a higher risk of childhood obesity.

This research points to potential health benefits for moms and babies, when the mom loses weight before becoming pregnant. However, this is a substantially difficult process, and very few people are able to lose this much weight and maintain that weight loss. There are too many mechanisms that can prevent this weight loss/maintenance from happening. Weight loss before pregnancy can happen with the support of a bariatric program like Dr. Provost’s. According to the Mayo Clinic, “research suggests that pregnancy after weight-loss surgery might be safer for both mother and baby than pregnancy complicated by obesity.” Losing weight may help both the mother, and the child in terms of lowering the likelihood of future childhood obesity.

If you would like to talk with us about how bariatric procedures can benefit you before pregnancy – or at any stage of your life – we are happy to visit with you.

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