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Pregnant women need advice on diet

26th August 2011

Bridget Benelam, a nutritionist with the British Nutrition Foundation, says pregnant women do need dietary advice.


Spotting women whose bumps are due to fat as well as their baby is difficult in the UK as there are no guidelines on how much weight women should gain during pregnancy.

Pregnancy weight gain varies and depends on a number of factors but excessive weight gain during pregnancy carries health risks for the mother and child and can make the delivery of the baby more difficult.

While there is a view that women need to eat for two, in reality no extra calories are needed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy and only an extra 200kcal per day during the last 12 weeks, which equates to about two additional slices of bread.

A survey last year revealed that many midwives do not have time to discuss weight management and nutrition issues with pregnant women and National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence guidelines do not address the issue either, apart from saying women who are overweight or obese should be encouraged to lose weight before trying for a baby.

In the US, guidelines from the Institute of Medicine say 25-35 pounds is a healthy weight gain during pregnancy, though overweight women should try to gain less.

Getting the right help and advice about weight control to pregnant women could help to reduce the risks to mums and their babies but midwives need support in delivering this advice.

Arming them with clear guidance would be a good place to start.


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Stasy Miller

Friday 21st October 2011 @ 12:13

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