Diet quality deteriorates in overweight and obese pregnant women

Around 300 women with a BMI >25 completed a food frequency questionnaire between 10 and 20 weeks gestation, again at 28 and 36 weeks gestation, and then at four months post-partum.

Researchers at Adelaide University’s Robinson Institute found the energy, macronutrient and dietary sources of micronutrient did not change during this period. But the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), which was below average in 30% of women at baseline, fell from week 28 and was maintained post-partum at a level lower than study entry.

The study found that the women consumed less milk, meat and unsaturated oil components, while energy from