Shocking new research has revealed that more than 38,000 pregnant women in the UK are dangerously obese.
Figures revealed that five per cent of all pregnant women in the UK will give birth when they are morbidly obese, putting their babies and themselves at risk.
The health implications for overweight mothers are severe with stillbirths twice as likely to occur as well as an increased risk of blood clots, high blood pressure and bleeding after birth.
Many hospitals and maternity units have also revealed that they are not set up to care for severely overweight and pregnant women.
Having recently been named one of the fattest nations in the EU, the UK is in the throws of an obesity epidemic that shows no signs of slowing down.
For those who are worried about their weight, leading weight loss surgery provider, The Hospital Group offer a range of procedures to help people achieve the body they have always wanted.
David Ross, Chief Executive of The Hospital Group said: “Being overweight can have serious implications for your health putting you at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and in some cases depression. And women who are obese and become pregnant are also putting themselves and their baby at risk.
“It is important that women who are obese watch their weight and take good care of themselves, especially if they plan on getting pregnant. It is quite safe for patients with a gastric band to become pregnant and in fact overweight women generally increase their chances of becoming pregnant if they are able to lose weight – the health benefits to themselves and the baby are enormous.
“The band is usually left in during pregnancy and deflated to allow the mother a higher calorie intake while pregnant. After the baby’s birth, it can gradually be re-inflated to aid post partum weight loss as and when it is safe to do so.
“Whilst weight loss surgery is by no means an easy option, and the patient needs to work with their gastric balloon, bypass or band, but the results can change a person’s life for the better allowing them to lead a much fuller and healthier lifestyle.”
Obesity surgery news : 13 January 2011