Does anyone know what weight is considered high risk?
I don't know if I'm even posting in the right place or if I worded my title properly. I am desperate to start trying for our third baby however want to get some weight off before hand. I was considered high risk in both my previous pregnancies and had pre-eclampsia in one and GD in the other. I really want to get healthier before we think of trying again.
Does anyone know at what weight the NHS considers a Lady high risk because of her weight? I'd love to have a goal in mind to aim for before we try
If you have a BMI of over 35 they'll definitely do GTT etc - if it's over 30 they might. It's an odd one, my BMI was over 35 in my first pregnancy and they didn't consider me high risk or do any tests but this time they are doing so...
Thanks for your reply, what I'll maybe do is try and get to a bmi below 30 and go from there.
Congratulations on your pregnancy
I was pretty surprised when they said I had to have the tests / be consultant led cause I'm no heavier than last time but never mind!
I think our age gap should work but I am panicking - how did yours work? x
It's a bmi of 35 here. Then you're consultant led and get a referral to a dietician to help you avoid putting on too much weight when pregnant. However previous pre-eclampsia may make them consider you high risk anyway (although I have a friend who had a homebirth after having pre-eclampsia in her previous preg). But being healthy for your next pregnancy is a great aim!
Personally I think BMI is a bit of crap really... It only takes into account your height and weight and does not look at muscle mass vs. body fat. I have a BMI of 30, but I wear 32'' waist jeans, and I wear size L shirts. Yet according to BMI calculators I'm obease. I don't deny that I have some extra belly fat I'd like to lose, but I eat well and exercise fairly reguarly.
I think BMI in and of itself is less of a concern compared to what your overall fitness level is. If you have a higher BMI but are staying active and eating well I don't think there is the same level of concern about requiring extra testing and procedures etc. The key is to really eat a balanced and healthy diet, and get yourself moving a few times a week.
GL to all the ladies worried about weight!! Don't stress about BMI...eat lots of veggies or fruit and find a friend to dance around your living room with instead!
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