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Pregnancy Problems

During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Obesity During Pregnancy

Wondering how obesity affects pregnancy? We've got answers.

What’s the best way to treat obesity during pregnancy?

Focus on keeping your weight in check. “The weight-gain goals for someone who is obese are to gain less pregnancy weight than someone who’s not obese,” Kolp says. Nonobese pregnant women are generally advised to gain 25 to 35 pounds; obese pregnant women should try to keep that number between 11 and 20 pounds, a goal that Kolp says “is very possible and reasonable to achieve.”

Work with your physician -- and a nutritionist, if needed -- to develop a healthy eating plan for pregnancy. Cut out the junk food and stick to healthy, nutrient-dense foods like nuts and whole grains. Make sure you exercise throughout your pregnancy too. Pregnancy isn’t the time to start a new, strenuous workout, but almost everyone can manage walks around the block.

What can I do to prevent complications from obesity?

Follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding diet, exercise and prenatal testing. Obesity raises the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, so your doc will be checking your glucose levels and blood pressure throughout the pregnancy. He may also order fetal testing toward the end of your pregnancy to see how your baby is doing. If your baby isn’t doing well, an early delivery might be ordered.

Are there any other resources for obesity during pregnancy?

Obesity Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Healthy Foods for Busy Moms-to-Be

Do epidurals work for overweight women?

Things Every High Risk Pregnancy Patient Should Know

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