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Prior to and after pregnancy

If you wish to lose weight prior to or after pregnancy you can get support from your doctor, midwife, health visitor, dietician or through weight management classes. Ask your doctor about services in your area or contact your local Children’s centre for details of local healthy living programmes.

Do not go on a crash diet to lose weight whilst breastfeeding as your breast milk supply will be affected to find out more, click here.

Ask you GP about any of the following services available in Wandsworth:

  • One to one appointments with a registered dietician

    (link to more information)

  • Momenta: a weight management programme that covers behaviour change techniques, healthy eating principles and physical activity opportunities (link to more information)

  • One-off healthy eating and weight management talks during pregnancy delivered by a dietician (link to more information)

  • New Mum, New You!: a weight management programme specifically for mothers who have had a baby in the last 2 years and would like support and information to lose weight including advice from a dietician and baby-friendly physical activity sessions. 

During pregnancy

Weight gain is necessary during pregnancy; it is a part of the normal healthy development of your baby and is also a sign your body is preparing itself for breastfeeding.

The amount of weight gain however is very individual and is dependant on many factors such as your weight before the pregnancy, fluid build up, multiple births, morning sickness and the size of the baby.

The approximate amount of weight you are advised to gain for the whole of the pregnancy depends on your weight just before you were pregnant:

  • Underweight (BMI<18.5kg/m2) gain 12.5kg - 18kg

  • Healthy weight (BMI between 18.5 – 25kg/m2):gain 11.5kg -16kg

  • Overweight (BMI between 25 – 30kg/m2): - gain 7kg - 11.5kg

  • Very overweight (BMI more than 30kg/m2) - gain no more than 7kg.

If you gain too much weight this can affect your and your baby’s health through increases in blood pressure, likelihood of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Do not attempt to lose weight without speaking to your doctor, midwife or health visitor. Intentional weight loss during pregnancy is potentially hazardous and may lead to deficiencies in iron, folic acid, and other important vitamins and minerals, resulting in growth problems for the baby.

If you are concerned about your weight speak to your doctor, midwife or health visitor.


Related internet links

Overweight and pregnant

Diabetes and pregnancy

Coronary heart disease and pregnancy

Pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia

Varicose veins

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