What are the steps to a healthy plus-size pregnancy? Most of the time you will come across magazines and even health practitioners discussing how dangerous it is for the baby, when you are plus-sized and pregnant.
Some even go to the level of telling you how you should have shed of some weight before deciding to get pregnant. This, if you happen to be one such a lady, may leave you feeling guilty and regret taking such a big step.
The fact that you stand to face certain health complications such as preeclampsia, and gestation complication when you are over weight, does not mean that you are doomed to have a rough pregnancy, even if it is ideal to have a Body Mass Index of 18.5 – 24.9 when pregnant. It only means that you need to be a bit more careful of what to watch out for.
Here are some basic guide to a healthy, guilty free and a kick-ass plus size pregnancy and beyond.
Get the right doctor for a healthy plus size pregnancy
Although it is important that you get a doctor who makes you feel at ease, it is more crucial that you get yourself one who you are more comfortable talking openly to about your weight, particularly in this situation, without feeling like you are being judged. In case you feel like the practitioner is talking down to you, making you feel uneasy or does not address your weight, find a new person.
Eat healthy and exercise for a healthy plus size pregnancy
It may sound obvious but it is the main defense strategy against all the health risks you face being overweight and pregnant. Exercising regularly and moderately, and maintaining a healthy well-balanced diet is very essential during your pregnancy irrespective of whether you are plus-size or not and pregnant. Therefore, ensure that you maintain a balanced diet, take plenty of fluids, take your prenatal and exercise frequently.
In addition, Dr. Roman emphasizes on the importance of getting up and moving as soon as possible after delivery. So that you reduce the health risks and get rid of the extra pregnancy pounds. This prepares you for a lower BMI before your next or future pregnancies.
Get advice for a healthy plus-size pregnancy
You are probable not the first one to be a plus size and pregnant, and you will not be the last. Find other women in the same situation as you and those who have been, as they are the best to talk to and can give plenty of helpful tips, such as where to buy plus-sized maternity clothes as it can be pretty elusive, and support.
Know your risks for a healthy plus-size pregnancy
Apart from the two notorious ones, preeclampsia and gestation diabetes, you are also at risk of certain complications, being pregnant and overweight.
You are at more risk of preterm labor, miscarriage, high blood pressure, postpartum pneumonia, postpartum hemorrhage, certain birth defects, having an overweight baby, postpartum blood clots, a baby getting stuck while on the way out, postpartum depression, having a c-section and c-section wound infection.
Knowing the risks involved puts you in a batter position of knowing how to deal with them. For things you find difficult to do, such as taking extra folic acid, keeping tabs of your blood pressure and overall taking care of yourself, consult your doctor.
Keep some tricks up your sleeve
There are certain things that you should know, such as:
- How to deal with the c-section wound if you must undergo it. Consulting your doctor on how to deal with a c-section incision area to maintain it dry and heal fast without getting an infection.
- How to find your veins, like holding on to something warm for some minutes against your arm, if the are usually hard to find.
- Enquire about a bigger blood pressure cuff in case you need one and whether they can indicated it on your chart to avoid asking every time.
- Enquire from your doctor about setting up consultation with an anesthesiologist to check your airways and plan to access your epidural space for a smooth delivery day.
Watch the scale
Avoid weighing yourself every day but keep abreast of your pregnancy weight gain. The ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommend that for patients with BMI of 25-29.9 gain 15 – 20 pounds, while those with BMI over 40 should try lose some weight, but under close supervision of a doctor.
Therefore, try and keep away from fad diets (diets that will make you gain unnecessary weight) and never do diet pills.
Enjoy your Healthy Plus-Size Pregnancy!
Enjoy your pregnancy and accepts that you are going to be a gorgeous mama…