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BMI and Pregnancy

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 23 years old and currently 27 weeks pregnant. I was recently called in to see a consultant at my hospital who has strongly advised me that I should have an epidural during labor as my BMI is 44.5 They are saying I am at greater risk of complications so should have an epidural because of this.

Over 35: Problems Conceiving

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,I am a 35-year-old white female with 3 successful pregnancies. My first was born when I was 21. They are 5-15 years old. I am now married again and my new husband has no children and wants one of his own desperately. I am healthy, but I am obese at approximately 185 pounds and 5'4". I do not have regular periods....they are from 28-40 days, so we can't tell when I ovulate. We make love almost on a daily basis.

Getting Pregnant While Overweight

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I recently started an exercise program, because I am a little overweight. I am 5'7" and I weigh 179, but I am still pretty muscular from being very active most of my life.

My husband and I want a baby very badly, but my stomach is getting in the way. When I sit down, I have a couple of big rolls. I just want to know if I should work harder to get my stomach into better shape before we conceive, or just don't worry about it and lose the weight afterwards. I plan on exercising and eating healthy throughout my pregnancy.

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