Labor Troubles for the Waistline Challenged

Being obese doesn't always mean you will have a difficult labor. There are many risks of pregnancy for those who are obese. These risks extend to wide reaching consequences including increased pregnancy associated diabetes and hypertension, larger babies, pre-eclampsia and going over due. Obese women and over weight women are 20-40% more likely to have an over due pregnancy. If you are overdue you may need an induction of labor which is more problematic and more likely to have a c-section than if you go into spontaneous labor. Obese women have more problems with the delivery itself. More inductions of labor, labor will progress more slowly in obese patients and if they do have an induction less success with inductions, which is responsible for many of the extra c-section deliveries for those with obesity. Physical obstruction of the birth canal is also a problem that can lead to c-section. But in a study published in the summer of 2012 it was determined that in labor the obese patient's contractions actually have the same force as other women's. So it's not that the uterus performs poorly in labor, but if your waistline is larger than it should be, your risk of actually having a labor complication is greater.

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