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A5-16) Pregnancy / What should I know if I'm fat and pregnant?




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This article is from the Big Folks Health FAQ, by sharon@ecs.ox.ac.uk (Sharon Curtis) with numerous contributions by others.

A5-16) Pregnancy / What should I know if I'm fat and pregnant?

Some doctors advise their patients to lose weight before attempting to
get pregnant. Other doctors simply recommend that patients maintain a
stable weight for the last year or so before attempting to get
pregnant. Given how difficult it is to lose weight and maintain it
(especially when you are trying to eat well and you have morning
sickness), the second option is probably more sensible. Many large
women (including some who post to a.s.b-f) have had babies without any
problems.

You may not gain as much weight over the course of your pregnancy as a
thin person might. However, it is a very bad idea to deliberately try
to lose weight, or deliberately try not to gain weight, while you are
pregnant. The baby can't get all the nutrition it needs from your fat
stores, and it needs the same amount of food as the baby of a thin
person. Large women are more at risk for inadequate weight gain during
pregnancy [GSK].

Your doctor should run frequent checks for gestational diabetes, but
they should be doing this for all their patients.

In general, most of the suggestions about dealing with doctors
(above), apply to dealing with your ob-gyn when you're pregnant (or
trying). Insist on being treated as a full person.

Some common misconceptions:

* It's hard to do an ultrasound on a fat woman, so you have to press
really, really hard.
An ultrasound technician may have to press firmly to get a
good picture. But ultrasound should not hurt. If the
technician hurts you, tell them to stop, and tell them to find
another technician (or your doctor) to do the ultrasound
correctly.

* You can't hear the heartbeat of a fat woman's baby (or see its
picture on ultrasound or whatever) at the same time as you can do
these things for thin women's babies.
Have them try. They may be surprised.

Another generally friendly and knowledgeable resource is
misc.kids.pregnancy. You may want to check them out.

See the conception and pregnancy section in the Research FAQ for
further information. Also the Large-size Maternity Resources FAQ run
by katiesmom@vireday.com has a lot of information. You can find this
and more information at the Plus-size Pregnancy Web Site, which is
at http://www.vireday.com/~rvireday/plus/.


 

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