Mother, 28, who risked losing son in pregnancy due to size loses 200lbs after his birth


A woman who binged on 3,500 calories a day decided enough was enough when she risked losing her son in pregnancy due to her weight.

Kara Beck, 28, from Kansas City, Missouri, lost a massive 200lbs after giving birth to her son.

She had piled on weight after eating 3,500 calories per day, and only exercising for short periods twice a week.

At her heaviest, Kara weighed 368lbs and wore size 30 clothing. 

It was when she was pregnant with her son that she was inspired to make a change, after being told her size made her pregnancy extremely dangerous.

Kara Beck, 28, from Kansas City, lost a massive 200lbs after giving birth to her son – six of which were from the loose skin around her stomach. Pictured: Kara before her weight loss

Pictured: Kara after

Pictured: Kara after

It was when she was pregnant with her son that she was inspired to make a change, after being told her size made her pregnancy extremely dangerous. Pictured: Kara after her weight loss

Kara was left with 6lbs of lose skin around her stomach, which was removed in 2019

Kara was left with 6lbs of lose skin around her stomach, which was removed in 2019

She said: ‘I lost over 200lbs and had 6lbs of loose skin leftover, that was really uncomfortable to cope with.

‘It would hang out and become uncomfortable to handle and it was impossible to exercise with it flapping against me, as there was so much loose skin.

‘I couldn’t wear clothes, I had to wear two layers of Spanx and high waisted jeans to go out of the house.’

Kara had surgery to remove the excess skin in September 2019, and now weighs 160lbs. She was 140lbs at her lightest.

She had piled on weight after eating 3,500 calories per day, and only exercising for short periods twice a week

She had piled on weight after eating 3,500 calories per day, and only exercising for short periods twice a week

Pictured: Kara before her weight loss

Pictured: Kara during her weight loss

At her heaviest, Kara weighed 368lbs and wore size 30 clothing. Pictured left: Kara on her wedding day

Kara said the excess skin made her uncomfortable, and made it 'impossible' to wear clothes

Kara said the excess skin made her uncomfortable, and made it ‘impossible’ to wear clothes

Kara had surgery to remove the excess skin in September 2019, and now weighs 160lbs. She was 140lbs at her lightest

Kara had surgery to remove the excess skin in September 2019, and now weighs 160lbs. She was 140lbs at her lightest

She had struggled with her weight since she was a child, but felt pressure to make a change when she became pregnant with her son in 2017.

‘Before I got pregnant we had spoken of me losing weight to carry a child to term safely,’ Kara said. ‘However I got pregnant by accident before I could successfully lose the weight and it turned out to be a very high-risk pregnancy.

‘There was a time when I was seven-months pregnant and we were driving cross country and my blood pressure got so high that the doctors said I could have lost the baby.

Pictured: Kara before weight loss

Pictured: Kara after her weight loss

Kara had struggled with her weight since she was a child, but felt pressure to make a change when she became pregnant with her son in 2017

Kara had gastric bypass surgery in 2018 after giving birth to her son in a difficult pregnancy

Kara had gastric bypass surgery in 2018 after giving birth to her son in a difficult pregnancy

Kara is seen on her wedding day, before she decided to change her life and lose 200lbs

Kara is seen on her wedding day, before she decided to change her life and lose 200lbs

She was inspired to make the change after a difficult pregnancy. Kara is seen above on the day she gave birth to her son

She was inspired to make the change after a difficult pregnancy. Kara is seen above on the day she gave birth to her son

‘It was traumatizing I had always wanted children and to know that I came so close to losing him was a triggering moment for me.

‘So after my son was born I went through the weight loss surgery application process again and finally had a bypass in January 2018.’

Kara says getting this surgery was the best decision she had ever made.

‘After my surgery, I have dedicated my life to caring for my health,’ she added. ‘I needed to overcome the bad habits of my childhood that had led me to be so obese in the first place.

‘I now focus on a protein-based diet, as I am working out in the gym and putting on muscle not just losing weight.’

Kara says getting the gastric bypass surgery was the best decision she had ever made

Kara says getting the gastric bypass surgery was the best decision she had ever made

Gastric bypass surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $35,000; however, insurance may cover the procedure, if certain criteria is met. 

According to Duke Health, in order for your insurance to cover your procedure, you will most likely have to provide medical documents that deem it necessary, have a diagnosis of morbid obesity and a willingness to complete a weight loss plan mandated by your insurance company before or after surgery. 

Whether or not your insurance covers gastric bypass surgery, also depends on the policy you have. 

Many policies can change daily, but most require you to participate in at least six months of a supervised weight loss program within two years of your surgery date and require you to prove your weight has resulted in medical problems. 

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