The Impact of weight gain on Pregnancy and Childbirth

November 14, 2015 05:32 PM

The Impact of weight gain on Pregnancy and Childbirth

November 14, 2015 05:32 PM

One of the most important pieces of advice for women who are expecting is to lose weight, because it has an effect on the chances of getting pregnant and pregnancy itself.


How does being overweight affect your getting pregnant?


Studies have shown that women who are overweight or obese have a much lower chance of becoming pregnant than those who have a healthy body weight. It can also cause an increase in the hormone insulin, leading to ovarian issues, such as polycystic ovaries, which causes a delay in getting pregnant. We know that if it’s meant to be, it will happen. but it’s important to listen to doctor’s advice on the effects of weight gain on pregnancy.


How does being overweight affect my pregnancy?


1- Eclampsia: women who are overweight (body mass index over 30) might suffer from eclampsia, which is the increase of proteins in the blood. It occurs in the 2nd half of the pregnancy and can cause many health problems for the mother and the baby. It can also lead to miscarriages.

2- Breathing problems: Not only is the mother overweight, but she’s carrying the weight of the baby as well. She may then find trouble breathing comfortably while asleep, where sometimes her breathing stops and then continues.

3- Gestational diabetes: During pregnancy, the body has to secrete an increased amount of insulin to provide for the fetus. If the mother’s body is not able to accomplish this task, there will be an increase of sugar in her blood, leading to gestational diabetes.

4- Miscarriage: In severe cases, obesity may lead to a miscarriage

5- Obesity may lead to a delayed due date.

6- Obese women are more likely to suffer from blood clots.

7- High blood pressure.

8- Obesity increases the chances of a C-section birth, and it can lead to delayed healing of the wound after birth.

9- Severe bleeding and infections after birth.

10- The fetus is at risk of chronic diseases, birth defects, increased size, as well as many other health problems.


It can be difficult for a pregnant woman to lose weight, because it can have a negative effect on the development of the fetus. But her diet should be balanced in terms of quality and quantity.


Be assured that many overweight women have gone through pregnancy and childbirth safely and without major complications. But it’s important to consult with your doctor regularly.