If you're overweight when you become pregnant, there will be some extra issues to deal with, but you can still...
If you're overweight when you become pregnant, there will be some extra issues to deal with, but you can still have a good pregnancy. Here are some tips on how to manage a plus-size pregnancy: Are you really plus-size? Find out by calculating your body mass index (BMI). A healthy BMI is typically considered to be 18.5 - 24.9, an overweight BMI is 25.0 - 29.9, and obese is considered 30.0 +. However, if you're an athlete or extremely muscular, your BMI may be higher but that may not mean you're overweight. You can talk to your health care provider about your weight health, and calculate your own BMI here. Weight shouldn't be all there is to you and your pregnancy: Obviously, if you're overweight, your doctor or midwife will want to talk about it, but that shouldn't be the ONLY thing you ever discuss. If your prenatal provider is so focused on your weight that they ignore your other concerns, or if your provider is rude or disrespectful, find a new care provider. You'll need to gain less weight: An overweight woman should expect to gain about 15-25 pounds during pregnancy but an obese woman should gain no more than 15 pounds. You may have extra health issues: Many overweight women have perfectly healthy pregnancies, however, some issues you may want to discuss with your prenatal provider include gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which are more likely in a plus-size pregnancy. Labor may be harder for you: Labor is like running a marathon, if you're overweight and out of shape, you may be extra tired in labor, which can result in interventions and complications. Believe it or not, although you shouldn't diet, you can start getting into shape, even when you're pregnant. In fact, pregnancy is an excellent time to get into shape because your health care provider will be seeing you more often and can help you plan a great healthy eating plan (see below for help). Next up a few coping tips for a plus-size pregnancy.

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