Risks of Being Overweight
The higher your BMI the more likely it is that you may develop health problems in pregnancy. With a BMI over 30 you’re 3 times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than women who are below that BMI. Having pregnancy-related diabetes increases your risk of developing diabetes later. Having gestational diabetes will increase the weight of your baby, increasing the risk of a difficult birth for both of you. You also have a greater risk of high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and blood clots if you are overweight or obese.
“Research suggests that babies whose mothers are overweight during pregnancy are more likely to be overweight themselves, and are at higher risk of serious health conditions later in life such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers,” says Helena Gibson-Moore, nutrition scientist and spokesperson for the British Nutrition Foundation.