Don't be Fat and Pregnant

I know, harsh words, but when you’re pregnant you’ve really got live in the best interest of your child; mind you, this is a guy talking, but still. Just take a look at this report. New research claims overweight women are at risk of pregnancy complications. Reuters is on it:
Using data from more than 24,000 UK women who gave birth between 1976 and 2005, researchers found that the risk of problems, such as high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and premature delivery climbed in tandem with a woman's pre-pregnancy weight.

The findings, published in the online journal BMC Public Health, add to evidence that obesity is a risk for mothers and newborns.

They also support the belief that all pregnancies in obese women should be considered "high risk," and managed accordingly, conclude the study authors, led by Dr. Sohinee Bhattacharya of Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
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Angel - August 1, 2007 2:08 AM

What a bunch of hogwash.

Both children, no pregnancy problems, no labor/delivery problems, and I *am* obese. In fact, with my 2nd child, I had a wonderful homebirth.

No doctor should have a say where I give birth.

Women would have much healthier pregnancies and deliveries under midwives. Doctors & hospital protocols tend to cause problems.

Maya - August 1, 2007 9:52 PM

When I got pregnant in 2005 I started at 246 lbs. By the time I had my daughter I was 289. I had her by c-section because at 37 weeks my blood pressure skyrocketed. I was on bed rest for more than a week and then I was induced and ended up with a c-section. Everyone was fine, so that was good.

I wanted to get down to 200 lbs. before I even thought about having another baby next year but my weight loss had stalled and I didn't think I could do it. Then I found Eat to Live.

I lost 20 lbs. the first six weeks. I'm in week 1 of my second round of the six-week plan and I've already lost 4 pounds this week. I'm not starving myself - in fact I eat really well (in more ways that one).

I have no doubt that I'll be out of the obese range and into the overweight or hopefully even normal range by the time I get pregnant again.

It's not easy being overweight/obese and pregnant. Sure, it can be done and many women come through it with flying colors. But I don't see how anyone can say that this post is hogwash.

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