Greater Risks With a High BMI

The results of research published online by JAMA Neurol and highlighted in a recent BMJ article indicate that obese women i.e. those with a BMI of 30 or greater who use oral contraceptives could be at greater risk of suffering a (rare) type of stroke called cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT).  This is essentially a stroke caused by thrombosis of the venous channels in the brain.  This latest research helps to illustrate as part of the wider picture of women’s health how important a factor high BMI is in increasing the risk of many serious conditions, including gynaecological conditions. Studies have shown too that pregnant women with a BMI that is too high (or indeed too low) can be subject to maternal complications that can pose risks to their unborn child as well as to themselves, and lead to increased numbers and increased duration of maternal admissions.

Risks of High BMI Well Known

RCOG figures for example show that you could be considered to be overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, and obese if it is 30 or above. 20% of pregnant women for example are thought to have a BMI of 30 or above at the start of their pregnancy.  The kinds increased risks that a mother can face during pregnancy if they have a high BMI include gestational diabetes, thrombosis, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.

The kinds of risks to the baby due to a mother’s high BMI during pregnancy include higher risks of miscarriage and stillbirth, a higher risk of the baby having neural tube defects, and higher risks of the child developing obesity and diabetes in later life. If the mother has a very high BMI during labour and birth for example this can increase the risk of the baby being born early and of the labour taking longer with a higher risk of the need for e.g. an emergency caesarean.  It could also cause anaesthetic complications and heavy bleeding after the birth.

Support and Expert Help

Getting high quality, professional help during pregnancy and delivery can be a way to make sure that risks such as these can be reduced, and the health of mother and baby can be closely monitored and protected as much as possible.  Making sure that the mother has a healthy BMI and is doing the right things to reduce health risks can also be good news for the child’s health in later life.

Antenatal and Delivery Package

Along with my colleague Gordon Cochrane I offer a comprehensive Antenatal and Delivery Package.  You can find out more about it on my website here: http://rapidaccessgynaecology.co.uk/gynaecology/

Comprehensive Health Check

For women who would like to get a comprehensive health check that covers all the important aspects of their health, as well as a comprehensive and reliable assessment of other areas of their health where they feel that they may have cause for concern I offer a Wellwoman Health Check.  Find out more about it on my website here:  http://rapidaccessgynaecology.co.uk/gynaecology.php

A Thorough Health Check Designed For Women

For many women today it’s often the case that they lead very busy lives, and the only time they are really able to speak to a medical professional about any aspect of their health is when they visit their doctor or for example when they have their smear test. It is however unlikely that a woman will be able to talk over all of her medical concerns with her doctor within the time allocated for a normal appointment, and it may have been some time since her last smear test. It may also be the case that she has concerns or questions relating to that last smear test and these have left a nagging worry in the back of her mind.

As you read this you may have some health concerns of your own that you would like to opportunity to talk to a medical professional about, preferably to a specialist in women’s health. Perhaps for example you may have been experiencing very heavy periods, or you may have reason to believe that you are at risk of ovarian cancer or osteoporosis. It could also be the case that your quality of life is being affected in a very negative way by PMT and you would like to find a way to at least effectively deal with the symptoms.

For some women it’s a case of having health concerns such as pelvic pain, or they are concerned about other problems that they simply don’t want or feel able to talk about with a friend, their loved ones, or their GP e.g. a problem with your sexual health.

The Wellwoman Health Check

One service that seems to work particularly well for many different women is to have a health check with an experienced women’s health specialist that allows them to address all of their health concerns in one go. For example, I offer the Wellwoman Health Check. This is a private and thorough health check where, as well as well as covering all the important aspects of your general health, you can receive a comprehensive and reliable assessment of other areas of your health where you feel you may have cause for concern. This includes:

Assessing your risk of and answering any questions that you may have about ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, or sexual health concerns.

Offering a cervical smear and ovarian cancer screening, and answering your concerns and questions about smear results.

Addressing your concerns and answering your questions about heavy and painful periods, PMT, causes of pelvic pain, or pain during intercourse.

Covering any concerns and questions that you may have about HRT to enable you to make an informed choice.

If you are in the London area and you have would like more information about the Wellwoman Health Check, or you would like to make an appointment for one at a hospital near you please call 020 7390 8041.