Obesity in Pregnancy


What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition in which excess fat is accumulated in the body.

Whether or not a person is obese is decided by his/her BMI (Body Mass Index) which is measured by taking an account of person’s height and weight. BMI more than 25 is considered as Overweight.

 Obesity is very frequently seen complain in women of reproductive age. It is associated with high risk for such diseases- cancer and diabetes.

Complications of Obesity during Pregnancy

Obesity can affect before (antepartum) during (intrapartum)  and even after pregnancy (post-partum).

Ante-partum Complications

  1. Recurrent or spontaneous abortion
  2. Genetic anomalies
  3. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
  4. Pre eclampsia

Intra-partum Complications

  1. CS
  2. Venous thrombosis
  3. Failed attempts of labour

Post-partum Complication

  1. Post-partum weight retention
  2. Anaemia
  3. Early termination of breast feeding
  4. Depression 

Preconception screening   

Screening for DM, Thyroid function, Rule out PCOS

What can be done to reduce risk in obese pregnant female?

  • Consult your doctor
  • Pregnancy can be good start for healthy life style as women are more cautious for health of baby.
  •  Take  prenatal supplements and reduce funk food
  • Ask your gynaecologist for trimester wise doable exercise
  • Keep yourself active during pregnancy.


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