In today’s episode I’m revisiting the subject of how obesity affects pregnancy. Originally, I covered this topic in 2019 but I feel like I missed the mark. It was a bit too negative and, to be honest, I have some weight bias that I’ve been working on. So I want to come back to it today.
I know that weight in general can be a sensitive topic but it’s something that we need to discuss because it affects quite a few women during pregnancy. Up top I’d like to acknowledge that size is not the only indicator of health and that body positivity is important. However, we gotta understand the facts about the effects of obesity because without the facts you don’t have the info you need to have your best pregnancy and birth.
In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:
- What parameters are used to determine obesity
- How prevalent obesity is among the general population and pregnant people
- What some of the maternal and perinatal complications can be
- Why excess adipose tissue (fat) causes problems
- What the overall risk of severe morbidity or mortality is for those who are obese
- How pregnancy care changes to accommodate excess weight
- Whether there is a correlation between parental obesity and child obesity
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