Maternal Weight and Wellness Program

If you are overweight and pregnant or plan to become pregnant, we can help you before, during and after your pregnancy.

Our team understands your challenges and provides comprehensive, compassionate care to support healthier outcomes for you and your baby.

UC San Diego Health specializes in caring for women who have had bariatric surgery or whose body mass index (BMI) is 35 or higher.

Pregnancy and Obesity

Obesity in pregnancy is very common. Patients who are obese are at risk for complications during and after pregnancy, including too much weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, cesarean deliveries, postpartum depression, and breastfeeding issues. Their babies are also at increased risk for complications, including birth defects and pediatric obesity.

Maternal Weight and Wellness Services

Our Maternal Weight and Wellness Program is led by Dr. Yvette LaCoursiere, an obstetrician who specializes in the risks and challenges of pregnancy and obesity. She provides complete and personalized care throughout your pregnancy.

Services include:

  • Preconception counseling for those who are considering becoming pregnant
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Weight gain management
  • Physical activity support
  • Specialized fetal imaging
  • Monitoring for complications, such as diabetes, hypertension, and preeclampsia
  • Prompt intervention and coordinated care, if complications do exist
  • Delivery planning with anesthesia consultation
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Post-pregnancy care to encourage a continued healthy lifestyle
  • Co-management with our Bariatric and Metabolic Institute for medical or surgical care
  • Screening and treatment for mood and anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy

Also see Pregnancy & Birth Care

Meet the Maternity Team

Event information and registration

Meet physicians and midwives and ask questions about prenatal care and delivery options at UC San Diego Health.

Do I Qualify?

Our Maternal Weight and Wellness Program team serves pregnant women who have:

  • A BMI above 30 who have coexisting disease(s)
  • A BMI above 35 with no coexisting disease
  • A BMI above 35 who are considering pregnancy or bariatric surgery
  • Had bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric banding, gastric sleeve, or bypass revision

How to Calculate Your BMI

Becoming a Patient

If you don't meet the criteria above but feel you could benefit from our services, please contact us to discuss becoming a patient.

You can reach out to us directly or your health care provider can refer you to us. We may see you for a single visit or for integrated care throughout your pregnancy. Call us at when you're thinking about becoming pregnant or at any stage in your pregnancy.