Thursday, May 9, 2013

Obesity and Pregnancy

Nothing against obesity here.  I make my living from treating barometrically challenged people.  This is not a hate post, so do not start on me.  The point I want to make is that obese mothers-to-be have more than gestational diabetes to worry about.  We all know that heavy people have issues in the social and medical stage.  I think this link may be informative at the least, and alert people what sonographers face daily.  Doing a sonogram on an obese person is physically, and mentally challenging.  Most sonographers hate to do bad work.  We hate it when we cannot see the baby and turn in pictures that are less than diagnostic. This also applies to all other ultrasound examinations including vascular, echocardiography and abdominal exams.

Pregnant women who are morbidly obese may need more time during theirultrasound appointments and more frequent visits because their babies may be difficult to image, researchers report.
"There's a real prevalence of obesity in women of reproductive age; nearly one third of women are obese." In addition, nearly 8% of these women are morbidly obese, with a body mass index of more than 40 kg/m², said Robert Ehsanipoor, MD, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thanks Sonoworld

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