Maternal Obesity Causes Problems for Baby

Doctors are afraid to tell their patients they’re fat. Doctors are rated on ‘patient satisfaction’ and if they offend a patient, they may never see that patient again. Bottom line, the doctors will lose money if the speak frankly with a patient about weight and that is causing serious health issues with women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant.
A baby born to an obese mother is typically 9 pounds of more as opposed to a ‘normal’ sized newborn which weighs in at between 6-7 pounds. Babies born to obese mothers are much more likely to become obese themselves. But it doesn’t stop there.
Folks at Anastasia Date ( have learned that obese pregnant women or more likely to have high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and babies born with birth defects. Larger women usually require a C-section to deliver their baby and that opens up a new spectrum of possible complications, ranging from infection, hemoraging to hernias.
A life-threatening pre-eclampsia is three times more likely to happen to an obese pregnant woman than one who is of normal weight. Pre-eclampsia produces symptoms of high blood pressure, organ dysfunction and swelling. If left untreated, the mother can start having seizures, stroke and/or her liver may rupture, any of which can cause death.
Maternal obesity greatly increases the risk factors during pregnancy, delivery and beyond, but doctors are afraid to inform their patients of the risk their extra weight can cause.