For many women, the extra calories that are vital for a healthy pregnancy often become a green light to indulge and give into cravings. In fact, more than 30 percent of women who have a normal weight before becoming pregnant gain more than the recommended amount during pregnancy, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Preventions Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.
If youre overweight or obese before getting pregnant, or you gain too much weight during pregnancy, you and your babys health could be compromised.
For starters, theres an increased risk of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Theres also a greater chance that you could have a miscarriage, a stillborn baby, deliver early or be required to have a cesarean section. Your baby could also develop birth defects and detecting them with an ultrasound can be tricky if youre obese, according to Dr. Alyssa Dweck, a board-certified obstetrician and …