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Great Britain: new guidance on obesity in pregnancy

08 February 2019

During pregnancy, women should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published new clinical guidance on obesity management before, during and after pregnancy.

Women who are obese should be supported in losing weight before conception and between pregnancies to ensure the healthiest possible outcome for both mother and baby, the RCOG has said. During pregnancy, they should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

Latest UK figures show that around 22% of pregnant women are obese, 28% are overweight and 47% are within a normal range.

Responding to the publication, Dr Max Davie, officer for health promotion at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: ‘Overweight parents are much more likely to have overweight children, and they as a family are more likely to suffer from life-changing conditions such as type 2 diabetes. That’s why it is crucial there are support services available for anyone wanting to manage their weight, especially couples wanting to start or expand their family.

‘With cuts to public health spending, we know that providing these services is becoming increasingly difficult, so we hope that the publication of this new guidance acts as the catalyst needed to reverse these cuts.’

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