Weight gain in pregnancy

PREGNANCY is a personal experience for women often associated with elation and anticipation as well as concern for health and wellbeing. 

For this reason, the emotional responses connected with pregnancy make it an opportune time for health professionals to capitalise on a teachable moment with women more likely to be motivated towards lifestyle  and behaviour change to ensure the health of their baby.

Gestational weight is often viewed as a marker for fetal growth, but excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is a significant risk factor that women should be aware of during pregnancy. 

With about 60% of women gaining more weight than recommended,1-3 excessive weight gain is not only common but likely. 

Given excessive GWG is an independent predictor of post-partum development of obesity, this presents a major concern both at an individual and public health level.

Guidelines for GWG

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