Is it healthy to get pregnet when you are over weight?

@stailgate (2363)
United States
January 24, 2007 5:33pm CST
My husband and I have been thinking about having a third kid, but I have not lost the weight from my last baby. I am considered to be pretty over weight. I am 5'7 and last time I went to the doctors I weighed 220. Is it safe for me to have another child or is it unsafe to have a child when being over weight? for some reason I am having the worst time finding information about this on the internet. Some have told me that I am more at risk for all these health conditions and miscarriages. does anyone have any experiance or information that you can share with me. Thank you!!
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18 responses
25 Jan 07
it doesnt really matter but losing weight is good for the soul and for ur health, but their are really big women out their who has given birth to healthy babies and have not had a problem, good luck in the baby making :o)
@stailgate (2363)
• United States
26 Jan 07
thank you so much!! :)
• United States
25 Jan 07
From complete personal experience I will tell that your preg. will be much easier if you get down to a more reasonable weight even under 200. I was overweight with my second child and I developed extreme high blood pressure that put me on bed rest for a month and half. Plus once you are already overweight it is REALLY hard to lose weight after the baby. That is just my two cents worth.
@stailgate (2363)
• United States
26 Jan 07
thank you for your personal experiance. That is what I was looking for. :)
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I know a whole lot of people that had babies while they were fat. are you pregnate now? Idon't think it would hurt you too gain weight. if you are already pregnate. you are going to gain weight anyway. I think you will be alright from my experience. I have 2 grown adults take it from me!
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@nikaka (185)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
its ok but not the best thing in the owrld
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I was overweight before I got pregnant I gained 50lbs with the baby. I had NO problems throughout my pregnancy. I ended up having a ceserean but the causes were not because I was overweight( I had a fever and I wouldn't dialate in a way Im glad i did because my daughter weight 9lbs 9ozs.) I know some women have high blood pressure but it's not only the overweight women that have it. Any risk a overweight woman has are the same as an thinner one. Well that's what I think. I'm still overweight but since i had the baby I've only lost 20lbs. I see many many overweight women that are pregnant and I'm sure their pregnancy is healthy as long as they take care of themselves while they are pregnant(taking vitamins, watching what they eat, etc..). Good Luck!
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
25 Jan 07
when i got pregnant with my son, i was overweight (i still am) sure there could be some risk, but if you just follow your doctors orders and get the testing you need while you are pregnant there should be no worries. they say though overweight women tend to have bigger babies, but my son was only 6 lbs 14 oz.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I am sorry but I have no ideal what to tell you I hope you find the answer that you seek
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@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I think you might end up at risk for things like blood pressure. Also things like casaereans are more difficult if you are overweight (all surgery becomes more risky if you are overweight). Perhaps you should wait a few months and try to get your weight down?
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• United States
7 Feb 07
You really need to check with your doctor about this. It could be hard on you, as far as blood pressure. The baby would be fine I'm sure. But you really need to get professional answers. Good luck dear.
@talisman (1308)
• United States
6 Feb 07
No, it's not healthy to become pregnant when you're not healthy yourself (being overweight isn't healthy). It adds a lot more risks for you and your baby and raises the risks of other things. For the sake of your future child, lose the weight first.
@aquarian9 (548)
• Canada
6 Feb 07
From a logical scientific and experience point of view I say yes it is more risky to be over weight. The number one reason is blood. Two factors with the blood and how a fetus grows. One, being over weight causes higher blood pressure. Two, being over weight means less exercise, less excercise means less oxygen-which can lead to problems. Also, good luck losing two go arounds of baby weight. I'd suggest working toward getting fitter and better prepared. You will be so glad you did.
@alfa62603 (192)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
No, I dont think so...because you will add more weight drastically when you get preggy, so to add up to ur existing "overweightness" ..you ar egonna be medically challenge and you will be more prone to getting some sickness like high blood pressure, diabetes etc...try to lose a little before getting preggy
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
6 Feb 07
I was overweight for both my pregnancies (I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and consequently I don't ovulate) I looked after myself, made sure I ate properly and gained minimum weight. I had no problems with high blood pressure, etc, and I was 29 when I had my first son, and 31 with the twins. Just look after yourself, and God willing you'll be fine.
@rsa101 (24214)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
I have seen so many overwieght friends that there were lots of complications involve when getting pregnant overweight but you can be pregnant when overweight. I have a friend who got diabetic when she got pregnant. It is much more advisable that you lose that pounds to get your ideal weight then plan to get pregnant. i guess you'll get that weight back when your pregnant. Happy baby making then :D
• United States
25 Jan 07
Girl that is not over weight im over weight i weigh about 345 pounds and im only 15 but ill very tall for my age so its nothin
• Canada
25 Jan 07
You are more at risk if you are overweight , I only know this because they told my best friend this . But if you want a baby you take the chance of having a problem with almost anything you do , so this is something you might want to talk over with your doctor and your husband .
@crystal8577 (1469)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Well it would be easier to get pregnant in a lot of cases if you lost some weight first. The dr. would probably monitor your weight more if you got pregnant now. It puts you at a higher risk for Gestiational (sp) diabetes. It can also put you in more pain to carry extra weight around.
@joykea (17)
• United States
25 Jan 07
yes, they are risks of being pregnant when overweight. For instance, miscarriages, baby being born premature, etc. Do some research online. When i was pregnant, i did a lot of research online.