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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Obese Women Who Lose Weight Have Better Health In Pregnancy

The consequences of being obese in pregnancy are far reaching, but we have hesitated to recommend significant weight loss in pregnancy. There is a long list of maladies attributed to obesity, and I know we all understand that normalizing weight is the best, regardless of what aspect of our health we are discussing but in pregnancy this is even more critical. Your health is improved if you lose weight, you are less likely to have diabetes, hypertension, or blood clots with weight loss no matter when it occurs.  Past studies have questioned the effects of weight loss on a developing fetus. In an article published in the June 12th 2013 JAMA Swedish researchers have studied over 98% of all births that occurred over a couple years time. These women have optimal prenatal care, virtually all are seen early in pregnancy between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. They studied over a million and a half women! Being obese significantly increased the chance of delivering very premature meaning delivering in that 28-31 week range. the risks translated into a very small increase, about 0.2% more patients. Their theories on why have to do with overall immune system and the rates of inflammation that can lead to the cervix weakening. Stress, vaginal bleeding, and infections, as well as smoking all contribute to risks of inflammation in the baby's uterine environment. Obesity also causes increased inflammation, and the effects of multiple risk factors are compounded. In fact this is thought to contribute to poor cardiovascular health, and may impact on the blood vessel circulation of the placenta which can contribute to poor pregnancy outcomes, and it now was shown in the Donald F. Richardson Prize Paper at ACOG's annual clinical meeting that babies of moms who lose weight are indeed smaller. However the babies actually did not have any increased morbidity if their obese mom actually lost weight in pregnancy. To maximize health, weight loss before pregnancy is healthy, and then to control weight gain during pregnancy. Another reason to pregnancy plan and try to normalize your weight before conception, as it may become very difficult to ever normalize your weight after pregnancy.

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