Being overweight during pregnancy

During pregnancy, being overweight or obese can cause health problems for both the mother and her baby.

The March of Dimes Foundation—a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health of pregnant mothers and their babies—warns that being overweight or obese while pregnant could result in higher blood pressure, blood clotting issues, a longer hospital stay, C-section, miscarriage, urinary tract infection, premature birth, and more.

A recent study looked at the children of formerly obese women who underwent bariatric surgery. Researchers tested blood samples from children born before their mother underwent bariatric surgery and blood samples from children born after their mother had bariatric surgery. The results? The study concluded that children born after their mother lost the extra weight may have better heart health.

This means that a mother’s weight during her pregnancy can affect her children’s chances of becoming obese or being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

We strongly encourage women planning to become pregnant to talk with their doctors about their state of health before becoming pregnant. Obesity and being overweight have long-term and immediate consequences.

To determine if you qualify for bariatric surgery, take our BMI (Body Mass Index) quiz:

http://bariatric.stopobesityforlife.com/patient-resources/bmi-calculator/

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Being overweight during pregnancy

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs