(BPT) - You probably know that tracking your cycle can boost your odds of conceiving. Or that taking a prenatal vitamin can improve your baby’s health.
But did you know obesity can make it harder to get pregnant and have a healthy baby?
Women with obesity may have preeclampsia, hypertension, gestational diabetes or may need a cesarean section, for example. Their babies are at greater risk for problems such as birth defects, preterm birth and stillbirth.
If you have obesity, know that you’re not alone—more than 40% of American women are considered overweight, obese or severely obese. Darrin Hansen, M.D., FACS, of General Surgery & Utah Lap-Band in Salt Lake City, Utah, offers the following information on taking charge of your reproductive health:
Taking Charge of Obesity—And Your Reproductive Health
The good news: losing weight can boost fertility and lower the risk of problems in pregnancy and childbirth. If you have severe obesity, weight-loss surgery is the only reliable way to lose a lot of weight and keep it off.
One type of surgery in particular—the Lap-Band® Procedure—is a safe, effective and less invasive surgical option for weight loss. During this procedure, an adjustable band is placed around your upper stomach to limit how much food you eat and help you feel full.
The Lap-Band is well-tolerated in pregnancy and doesn’t result in complications for moms and babies. It’s ideal for women with a body mass index (BMI) as low as 30 (or approximately 20 to 60 pounds overweight) who want a healthy pregnancy or may have a hard time getting pregnant due to excess weight.
Let’s take a closer look at why so many women choose the Lap-Band:
Don’t Give Up: Increasing Your Odds of Conceiving and Having a Healthy Pregnancy
Amber Faulkner from Utah tried to get pregnant with her second child for almost 13 years. After many miscarriages, she was ready to give up.
“I credit my ability to finally successfully have two babies to the weight loss and lifestyle changes as part of my Lap-Band journey,” Amber says. “My Lap-Band remained in place during my pregnancies and both babies were born happy, healthy and right on time.”
To increase your odds, ask your doctor about the Lap-Band Program and keep these healthy lifestyle tips in mind:
A BMI of 30 or higher during pregnancy can harm fertility and increase the risk of complications for you and your baby. But obesity doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dreams of parenthood. By working with your doctor, you can manage your risks and enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
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