Healthy Pregnancy

Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Your midwife will be watching your weight to ensure that it is gained at an appropriate rate. Lack of weight gain or a sudden burst of weight gain may concern her. Ideal weight gain does not mean you gain the same amount of

Healthy Pregnancy, Research

Taking obesity seriously

When I first entered the world of natural birth I was educated to believe body weight had no effect on maternal or infant outcomes.  The organization I trained with was equally adamant that gestational weight gain was a useless measure that predicted nothing.

Birth Professionals, Healthy Pregnancy

Midwives and Obesity

This week we have been talking about pre-pregnancy obesity. We looked at the increasing rates of obesity, then talked about the physiology of obesity and how it increases risks during pregnancy. Today we will turn our attention to what midwives can do.

Healthy Pregnancy

Reducing Risks of pre-pregnancy Obesity

We discussed the increased risks of pre-pregnancy obesity, and the physiology behind those risks. Today we will look at how to reduce those risks. The problem is that reducing risk is out of the midwives hands. Really, the answer seems to be

Birth Challenges, Healthy Pregnancy

Pre-pregnancy Obesity and Risks

We have been discussing pre-pregnancy obesity, and today we turn our attention to the effects of obesity on pregnancy.  Before we begin, I just want to make sure we recognize the difference between pre-pregnancy obesity and excess gestational weight gain. Both bring

Birth Challenges, Healthy Pregnancy

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity

I promised last month to come back to our discussion about obesity and midwifery, and I am keeping that promise. Our discussion is going to stay focused on pre-pregnancy obesity, and we will start today by discussing the increase in obesity.  Tomorrow

Healthy Pregnancy

Does Prenatal Obesity Matter?

I gave a talk last month about obesity and pregnancy. I had an inkling it wouldn’t be a well accepted topic.  I have this image in my head that very few people are as interested in obesity as I am; and that

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Why Obesity Matters

As a midwife, I am interested in a woman’s pregnancy outcome. But as I said earlier this week, a woman is not just a uterus. I care about the whole woman, her health not just through this pregnancy but throughout the rest