A Weighty Subject
You might be surprised to know that many doctors feel uncomfortable bringing up the issue of weight. They're concerned you might feel judged, says Dr. Riley, and choose another practitioner. But she stresses how important it is for patients and doctors to communicate about this topic: "Obesity is a touchy subject, but this is not about looking good or bad. This is about health," she says.
If you talk freely with your doctor about your weight, and you keep diabetes and hypertension under close control, chances are you and your baby will be just fine. "Obesity might increase your risk, but remember that even so, the vast majority of babies and mothers are healthy and happy," says Dr. Torgerson.