Obesity and Pregnancy

It’s one of them most joyous occasions in life, motherhood.  In a perfect world a woman would be fully prepared for this and before her pregnancy she would adopt a healthier lifestyle to include good nutrition, control of any existing medical conditions and maintaining a healthy weight.  Unfortunately, this is not reality and a large percentage of women have unplanned pregnancies.

Non-pregnant women who are overweight or obese already have health issues that they may be dealing with from diabetes and high blood pressure to joint problems.  During pregnancy these medical conditions will result in close care from your obstetrician or midwife.  Solving this before is better than trying to get pregnant after weight loss surgery.

Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risks of developing diabetes and high blood pressure during your pregnancy.  There’s also a higher risk for having a cesarean section if you’re overweight or obese.  If you want to decrease your risk of developing these conditions you should try to maintain a healthy weight.

If you are in the planning stages and are not yet pregnant, now is the time to consider losing weight and living a healthier life.  One option for weight loss is bariatric surgery.  Dr. Dirk Rodriguez specializes in bariatric surgery in the Dallas, Texas area.  He can explain the procedures available to you and help you reach your weight loss goals.  If you’re interested in learning more, please give him a call today.