Overweight And Pregnant – Risks, Complications, What To Know

When you picture getting pregnant, you might think of that time as a period when you should gain weight with abandon (after all, that’s how a lot of TV shows and movies position pregnancy). But weight gain during pregnancy is actually pretty complicated—and can be even more complex if you were medically considered overweight or obese when you became pregnant.

Here, ob-gyns help clarify all of the complicated questions surrounding the topic of being medically overweight and pregnant—and what you can do to have the healthiest and safest pregnancy possible.

First of all, what qualifies as being medically overweight or obese?
These categories are based off of BMI (Body Mass Index), which is a measurement of your weight in comparison to your height and is often used as a health measure in health care settings. If you have a BMI of 25 to less than 30, you’re considered overweight by medical measures. If your BMI is 30 or higher, you’re considered obese. (You can find a BMI calculator here.)

Using BMI to determine someone’s health based on weight is problematic (and pretty outdated), since it can’t take into account your muscle mass and many other factors that impact wellness. But it is how many doctors still determine whether you’re at a healthy weight at the start of your pregnancy and throughout, so for the sake of convenience, it’s what we’ll reference throughout this article. But know that it’s best to consult your doctor about your weight, other health markers, and lifestyle to get a more accurate view of your health and how your pregnancy will go.
— Read on www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a35616699/overweight-during-pregnancy/