How big a problem is obesity and pregnancy? Dr. Christina Sullivan weighs in

MILWAUKEE -- Are you trying to conceive? Maybe you're already a mom-to-be. Either way, it's important to keep tabs on your health -- and a big focus of that is your weight. Dr. Christina Sullivan from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare joined FOX6 WakeUp to talk pregnancy dos and don'ts.

Pregnancy and obesity:

The taboo against talking frankly about obesity needs to end. Doctors need to be sensitive and patients should not take offense, especially when their health and their children’s health is at stake.
Obesity during pregnancy can increase the risk of complications for both mom and baby. Being obese during pregnancy increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including:

    Ways to limit the impact of obesity on pregnancy and ensure the health of mom and baby:

      Pregnancy and exercise:

      Exercise during pregnancy can:

        Exercise during pregnancy might also reduce the risk of:

          Before you begin an exercise program, make sure you have your health care provider's OK. Although exercise during pregnancy is generally good for both mother and baby, your doctor might advise you not to exercise if you have:

             All in moderation

            For most pregnant women 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended on most days of the week.

            Walking is a great exercise for beginners. Other good choices include swimming, low-impact aerobics and cycling on a stationary bike. Strength training is OK too, as long as you avoid lifting very heavy weights.

            Warming up and cooling down is important. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and be careful to avoid overheating.

            Pregnant women should avoid: