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Obesity-Related Pregnancy Risks

Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to maintain a healthy weight not only for their own health, but also for the sake of their unborn children. Women who are overweight or obese are more likely to give birth prematurely. Increased weight is also linked with a greater likelihood of medically induced birth, primarily due to the increased risk of obesity-related maternal complications such as “preeclampsia.” This condition occurs when a woman develops high blood pressure and protein in her urine during pregnancy, the only cure for which is delivery of the baby. How much weight a woman gains during pregnancy (not just pre-pregnancy size) can also increase her risk of delivering early. This sensitive matter should be discussed with the obstetrician.

All women who are planning a pregnancy should strive for a healthy lifestyle and diet and of course, follow their doctor’s advice.