Healthy Weight In Pregnancy
Being underweight in pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and early delivery (before 37 weeks).
You may have always been of a low weight and feel well and healthy. Or it may be something new that needs checking out.
Your midwife will talk to you to get a clear idea about your eating habits, as well as your thoughts and feelings about it.
Some people have eating disorders that affect their body image and find the body changes in pregnancy particularly hard.
You may be given advice to help you gain weight in a healthy way. For more information *Click here*.
Your midwife will discuss any extra care you will need during your pregnancy with you.
Being overweight in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. It also makes it more likely you will have your baby early.
Overweight mums to be are more likely to get a type of diabetes that begins in pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
The risk of pre-eclampsia (find out more *here*) and blood clots is higher if you are overweight.
You might have less choice about how you give birth – there is a higher chance of caesarean section.
Your midwifery team will keep a closer eye on you to spot any problems early. They will talk to you and explain how you can minimise these risks.
Pregnancy is not a time to go on a diet to lose weight; it might make it harder to get all the different vitamins and minerals you and your baby need.
If you are overweight eating healthily and being active is sensible to keep your weight gain in check. It will help keep the risks from being overweight as low as possible.
Look at our ‘Eat Well in Pregnancy’ pages.
Although partners are not carrying a baby – expecting a baby can be a good time for both parents to think together about healthy eating and having an active lifestyle.
- This is a great way to support your pregnant partner to keep well in pregnancy.
- It gets you both on track to be good role models to your baby from the very beginning.
*Click here* for information and ideas on healthy lifestyles.
Take a look together and plan a healthy start for your family life – small changes can make a big difference.
Who can Help?
If you feel worried and want more advice you can speak to your midwife.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.