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Doctor insights on: Unrecognized Pregnancies In Overweight Women

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Do overweight women begin to show their baby bump in pregnancy sooner?

Do overweight women begin to show their baby bump in pregnancy sooner?

No: Overweight or obese women do not need to gain as much weight during pregnancy as a woman of normal weight and therefore may not show ( baby bump) as soon. ...Read more

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Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

Can being overweight (286lbs) cause a woman to get a false negative on a home pregnancy test?

No.: While obesity in women can increase estrogen levels, HCG is made only during pregnancy. A pregnant obese female will have a positive test if she is pregnant! ...Read more

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I am a 27 year old, overweight female. I hae missed 3 cycles and I am displaying some pregnancy symptoms. Neg test but did blood. Am I pregnant?

I am a 27 year old, overweight female. I hae missed 3 cycles and I am displaying some pregnancy symptoms. Neg test but did blood. Am I pregnant?

Wait 4 blood result: Home pregnancy tests are quite good...But not 100%...Even blood test is not 100%. So, wait for the result and go from there....If it is negative, your doc may do more test such as an ultrasound etc... If it is positive...Congrats. ...Read more

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I need b.C. Pills only to regulate period, not to prevent pregnancy. Are progestin-only pills better than regular pills (w/ estrogen too) for women who produce too much estrogen due 2 being overweight?

I need b.C. Pills only to regulate period, not to prevent pregnancy. Are progestin-only pills better than regular pills (w/ estrogen too) for women who produce too much estrogen due 2 being overweight?

No, not really b/c: There are other issues involved. If menses not regulated, not ovulating properly, making extra testosterone that converts to estrogen. The bleeding is likely gonna be worse on Progesterone only but you can do Medroxyprogesterone lat 10 days of the month if they don't come often. I will, at times give 7 days Progesterone to cause bleeding and clear uterus, the start the pill in cases like yours. ...Read more

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How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

Weight and pregnanct: May contirbute to increase birth weight of the baby, gestational diabetes and hypertension. ...Read more

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How can I improve my outlook when it comes to feeling overweight and unattractive during pregnancy?

How can I improve my outlook when it comes to feeling overweight and unattractive during pregnancy?

Lovely: I'm a man and i want to say that pregnancy is a beautiful & very brief moment in your life that will be over and gone forever before you know it and that pregnant women are especially attractive in a most special way. In another vein, tho you can't get skinny, you can feel fit: work out daily; join a pregnancy workout class and network with other moms-to-be. Buy some new, sweet, maternity clothes. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more