If you're overweight – how does your doctor treat you?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I lost 80lbs before ttc and even now I am still considered obese because of my height. (I am 190lbs and 5’2) I will be 11 weeks tomorrow and my doctor has not even mentioned my weight. Before I was pregnant I was working out 3x a week doing kickboxing and even though my bp was slightly elevated today at my appt, my dr is still not concerned. I think if you find the “right” doctor for you, it will not be a problem. I wanted to get down to at least 160 before ttc and obviously that didn’t happen but I also have not gained a single pound since getting pregnant. (Mostly bc I am so sick.) Anyway, I’m rambling. There are doctors out there that won’t judge, you might get lucky on your first appt but if not, keep looking. 

Post # 4
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3677 posts
Sugar bee

I think you are on the right track by seeking care from a CNM. She will refer you to an MD if you develop symptoms that warrant it, but midwives’ work is based on a “wellness model” rather than an “illness model,” and they are more likely to look at your numbers globally and see underlying good health rather than reduce you to just the number on the scale.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@CookieCreamCakes:  I’m not pregnant or TTC right now, but I am “fat.” My doctor treats me the same as when I was “skinny.” If he didn’t, I would change doctors. I have no problem with him telling me to lose weight (though he hasn’t) because he’s a doctor and he’s supposed to be looking out for me.

Post # 6
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1996 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m over weight size 18/20 5’3. Doctor treats me just like any othet patient. Thr only commentary about my weight is just telling me to eat healthy & drink a lot of water but not to starve myself (im 14 weeks pregnant). My blood sugar is good & I’m healthy otherwise. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I weigh 220 and im 5’4″ im considered obsese. My doctors have not said a thing about my weight. They did suggest the GD test early which we are doing though diabetes does not run in he family and my dads side is mosly overweigh. But my doctors have been great. I am seeing a MAternal Fetal medicine doctor because of chronic liver disease, so i suppose that is there biggest concern with me.

Post # 9
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2776 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m 50lbs overweight and the ONLY time my doctor has ever mentioned my weight was when I had an appointment with her when she diagnosed me as possibly having a mild case of PCOS, and she said that sometimes losing as little as 10lbs can help. It’s never been mentioned since I got pregnant, not even after being weighed at the last 2 appointments.

Post # 10
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8821 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@MsSparklyBee:  +1

Same height and size. I’m a good 100 pounds overweight.  I’ve lost 7.5 pounds which is great. The doctor hasn’t said much just said “Don’t eat for 2” which I already knew was a myth. Everything is looking great.

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