Is It Safe For Overweight Women To Carry A Baby?
November 19, 2018 16:19 By Fabiosa
A worldwide famous plus-size model Tess Holliday has not only made a successful career in the fashion industry but also is a loving wife and mother of two sons.
Tess is one of the minds behind the "plus-size movement." In her blog, the celebrity constantly draws attention to the problems of full people.
Here's what she wrote on her Instagram when expecting a second baby:
Plus size women face so much stigma & doubt over what our bodies are capable of. It's something I feel doesn't get enough media attention, but I hope that the next few months of my pregnancy will help change the conversation. All bodies are amazing!
The model's fans took their idol's pregnancy favorably. But what about average women?
Plus-size and pregnancy
Even if you're a little bigger than average, pregnancy might raise concerns not only about being judged by society but also fear for your own health and life of the future baby.
Here are the problems a plus-sized mother-to-be might be faced with and how to cope with them.
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Risks and problems
Despite the advances in technology and medicine, pregnancy and labour go hand in hand with numerous difficulties.
The most common risks connected with obesity during pregnancy include:
- pregnancy diabetes;
- gestational hypertonia;
- premature or difficult delivery;
- poor uterine contraction strength;
- increased risk of C-section;
- complicated recovery after a C-section;
- increased load on joints;
- risk of delivering a big fetus(in case you put on weight in the third trimester).
Plus-size mothers may also experience difficulties with breastfeeding as there's an increased chance of a plugged duct (if the breasts are large).
For a future baby, having an obese mother increases the risk of inborn defects and perinatal death.
The good news is that for most plus-size pregnant women, conditions connected with extra weight are manageable and, in some cases, can be prevented.
Useful advice for future mothers
If you are overweight and you want to give birth to your baby safely, follow this experts' advice:
- Your calorie intake should be from 1800 to 2400(which may be less than what you eat now). Choose complex carbohydrates(whole-wheat bread, cereal, fruit, and vegetables). Unhealthy nutrition while pregnant contributes to the weight gain.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. This will help to curb your appetite and eat less.
- Avoid juices and fizzy drinks(they are extremely high-calorie). Apart from water, you can drink skimmed milk or sugarless tea.
- Track your weight gain. The norm for the whole pregnancy period is +22 lbs.
- Be active. Even 15-minute walk daily can change things around.
Remember: every pregnant plus-size woman can avoid risks and complications by eating healthy, exercising and following tips on weight gain control!
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.