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Health Topic:   Pathological conditions, symptoms and signs
Guidance:   Weight management before, during and after pregnancy
Description:   The summary of the published public health guidance on Weight management before, during and after pregnancy. It links to the published guidance and key documents.

NICE implementation uptake reports

Implementation uptake report Assessment Published Date Coverage

External literature

External literature Assessment Coverage

The Royal College of Midwives (2010) A Growing Problem. Does weight matter in pregnancy?

Description: In October 2010, a survey of 6252 women with a child under 5 years old was conducted. Women were asked to fill in the survey thinking of their most recent pregnancy. Results found that 28.5% ate more than they normally would during pregnancy whilst 34.5% reported that they ate a little more than usual. The study also showed that 61% of women are not having the opportunity to discuss any concerns about their weight, even though midwives may be recording it within their notes.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

Macleod, M. et al (2012) Provision of weight management advice for obese women during pregnancy: a survey of current practice and midwives' views on future approaches. Matern Child Nutr. 2012 Jan 30.

Description: The aim of this study was to identify current practice and views on weight management of obese women during pregnancy and the puerperium at NHS Tayside. A web-based questionnaire was returned by 78/241 (32%) midwives. Results show 79% respondents reported always calculating women's body mass index (BMI) at booking, with 73% routinely explaining the BMI category; while only 15% currently offer personalised advice regarding weight management based on a woman's diet and physical activity levels.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice Local

Brown, A. et al (2012) Healthy weight management during pregnancy: what advice and information is being provided. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2012 Aug;25(4):378-87

Description: Women with singleton pregnancies and members of the National Childbirth Trust were invited to take part in this study via either National Childbirth Trust antenatal classes or e-mail invitation. A questionnaire was developed, which sixty women completed, with complete data set available for 59 of them. Results found 84.1% were weighed at least once during pregnancy; 25.4% of women received weight gain advice; and 64.3% received diet/exercise advice from a healthcare source.

Doubts about or mixed impact in practice National

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