Ep 40: The Truth About Obesity and Pregnancy – All About Pregnancy & Birth Podcast with Dr. Nicole C. Rankins
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #40: the Truth About Obesity And Pregnancy

I don't want to scare you but the truth is that being obese during pregnancy can have serious effects on your health as well as your baby’s. Obesity during pregnancy is linked to a number of pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, cesarean birth or worse, miscarriage and stillbirth.

Is it still possible to have a healthy pregnancy despite being obese? Yes it is!

Join me in this episode as I talk about obesity and how it affects your pregnancy. I’m going to help you understand the risk of obesity and how your weight is affecting your fertility. Find out what defines an “obese pregnant woman” and what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What exactly is considered obese
  • How obesity negatively affects pregnancy
  • What is BMI
  • Why babies born to obese moms are at a greater risk of having health issues
  • How obesity has an effect on how your labor progresses
  • The issue of anesthesia for obese pregnant women
  • The potential of having a big baby when you’re obese
  • Increased risk of infant death and autism
  • How just losing a few extra pounds can help
  • Understanding how your weight loss affects your fertility

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