Obesity Leading To More Caesareans

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Obesity increases the risk of needing to deliver a baby by Cesarean section. That in turn leads added risks from major surgery, potential for serious complications, and additional recovery time …

… obesity can interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant …“Obese patients have no good options,” … they are at increased risk of complications from a C-section, such as clotting in the legs associated with a pulmonary embolism, and increased risk of wound breakdown.

“Obesity decreases fertility and increases the chance of losing the baby, of hypertension and pre-eclampsia, which kills a lot of women around the world,” … because fertility drops with rising obesity, many women seek help in conceiving from fertility treatments, which increases the chance of having multiples (twins and triplets) and therefore increases the chance of having a C-section.

Obesity is a risk factor in C-sections independent of other factors, but it goes hand in hand with other serious complications, like diabetes and cardiovascular disease …

Ideally, women will attend preconception care where issues such as lifestyle, stress, nutrition, exercise and health can be addressed prior to becoming pregnant.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448