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#1 WithChild

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:35 PM

Hi. I read that expectant mothers with a BMI 38 and above will not be admitted to my hospital. At start of pregnancy I was less than this but now, at the end, I am not! Am worried I will be turned away when they weigh me during admission. Has anyone had any experience with this?

#2 TillyTake2

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

I don't know anything about BMI rules but I don't think I was ever weighed, certainly not at admission. I was weighed at my first ob visit I think. So I doubt they'll even weigh you. When you come in mid labour getting on the scales is low on the list of priorities!!

#3 Lokum

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

I think if it was a concern they would have weighed you/talked to you at your booking in appt.

If you are concerned, you should raise it with them before the big day. You don't want them being pushed beyond their staffing/equipment/capacity levels, and you want to know where you stand.

Eg, if you go over, what will happen?
Can they do emerg cs, or would they want to transfer you?
Stuff like that.

Good luck.

#4 WithChild

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Hi. I am having a c-section and they weigh you before you go into theatre. I have been bed-ridden for most of the pregnancy but if those are the rules....

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

DP

Edited by soontobegran, 17 November 2012 - 07:52 PM.


#6 Soontobegran

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:51 PM

Most hospitals will not weigh you on admission so I wouldn't stress too much. original.gif
If your BMI was less than the hospital specifies at the start of your pregnancy you'd probably find that if a BMI was taken into consideration it would be this one they use. There are many women with high BMI's at the end of their pregnancy that they didn't have at the beginning so the hospital would be turning many people away.

So much depends on whether your high BMI is having a negative impact on your health in a way your doctor feels it may complicate your pregnancy or delivery.
There are many women with high BMI's who have no problems at all although it is true there are more risks involved.
Lots of luck.

#7 bakesgirls

Posted 17 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

If it's a public hospital I don't think they can. If it's private, they have more say in who they accept and can say no due to increased risk factors, I have heard of this happening before.

Have discussed this with your care provider?

EFS

Edited by bakesgirls, 17 November 2012 - 08:07 PM.


#8 WithChild

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

Thankyou for your replies. Will ask doctor at next appointment but only just noticed the info about BMI restriction.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

QUOTE (bakesgirls @ 17/11/2012, 08:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it's a public hospital I don't think they can. If it's private, they have more say in who thay accept and can say no due to increased risk factors, I have heard of this happening before.

Have discussed this with your care provider?



Unfortunately they can 'bakesgirls' There are many public hospitals that do have a BMI limit but these are generally the smaller hospitals that do not have the facilities that may be required in case of there being an obstetric problem. We have 2 in our immediate area which will not take women who have a BMI >36 at the beginning of their pregnancy.
I think it sucks but I also understand why.

#10 Hairy Maclary

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:25 PM

Depends on the hospital.  Mine (public) weighed me at every appointment, including admission, and I wasn't near the maximum BMI.

#11 bakesgirls

Posted 17 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 17/11/2012, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unfortunately they can 'bakesgirls' There are many public hospitals that do have a BMI limit but these are generally the smaller hospitals that do not have the facilities that may be required in case of there being an obstetric problem. We have 2 in our immediate area which will not take women who have a BMI >36 at the beginning of their pregnancy.
I think it sucks but I also understand why.


Thanks for clearing that up for me. I've only worked at major/tertiary hospitals that accept everyone, so wasn't sure. I have worked at a private though that had an upper BMI limit due to not having an ICU/HDU or NICU (that's what I was told).

Edited by bakesgirls, 17 November 2012 - 09:41 PM.


#12 gemgirl

Posted 18 November 2012 - 10:38 AM

Definitely ask. I was concerned doing IVF as they had a weight limit, but it was fine. They took into account your weight at the start, as the drugs can impact on you during the cycle.

I haven't heard anything about giving birth, but will look into it.




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