Pregnancy weight gain - getting it right

Excessive or sub-optimal weight gain in pregnancy can have significant adverse effects.

Women of reproductive age are a high-risk population for the development of overweight and obesity, and childbearing has a significant influence on weight gain.1


Risk factors for weight gain during childbearing years include high preconception BMI and excessive gestational weight gain, which hinder return to a healthy BMI post-partum.

Fifty per cent of women enter pregnancy overweight or obese.

Add to that the fact that pregnant women across the BMI spectrum are at