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Weight advice during pregnancy 'lacking'

15th November 2010

A survey by the Royal College of Midwives and website, NetMums, has found that many pregnant women in the UK are not being advised about managing their weight.


The survey showed that 63% of women reported that their midwife had not talked to them about obesity and body mass index at their first appointment.

The survey, which involved 6,226 women, also discovered that 60% of the respondents said they felt under pressure by celebrity culture to lose weight after they had a baby.

Pregnant women who fall into the obese category have more danger of conditions such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

They also have a higher risk of miscarriage, premature birth and caesareans. Around 50% of women of childbearing age in the UK are either overweight or obese.

The poll found that around half of the women said they were concerned about their weight during pregnancy.

Many women said they did not know what they right weight should be and 90% said that after they had given birth they were not able to talk about their worries with the midwife.

The poll found that 84% said the weight management advice from their midwife was "not good" and 73% said they thought the health service should offer antenatal classes to address the subject.

Sally Russell, a co-founder of Netmums.com, said: "The results from this survey are a wake-up call to midwives to support women better throughout their pregnancy and inform them of their options."


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