How much is too much – latest research on weight gain in pregnancy

Date: 06/06/17

Many mothers now enter pregnancy at an unhealthy weight.  Once pregnant, many gain too much weight, increasing risks for mothers and  babies and long term risks for women and their children.

At Monash Centre for Health Research  and Implementation, a large scale interventional study led by Professor  Helena Teede and Dr Rebecca  Goldstein, included a large scale systematic  review and reanalysis of data on more than 1.3 million women from US, Europe  and Asia. This was published in the Journal of American Medical Association  (JAMA) on June 6th 2017.

Read the JAMA paper; and read what people are saying here.

Professor Helena Teede Dr Rebecca Goldstein

The study reinforces that midwives and their  doctors should encourage women to follow the Institute of Medicine Guideline  recommendations for weight gain in pregnancy.

These guidelines are based on the  mother’s Body Mass  Index (BMI) - a comparison of weight and  height) at the beginning of pregnancy. Women have different weight gain needs depending  on their BMI which can be calculated simply from your height and weight:

Our team at MCHRI have also shown that  lifestyle programs in pregnancy that support women in eating well and staying  active, can enable women to achieve healthy pregnancy weight and optimise  outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Australian  dietary guidelines provide advice about the amount of and  kids of food women should eat.

In 2015, Professor Teede led the National Health and Medical Research Council  (NHMRC) Case  for Evidence-Based Action in obesity prevention, calling  for lifestyle intervention in preconception and pregnancy as vital.

MCHRI, in partnership with Monash Health maternity  services, are working towards these goals.

For further information about this  research, please email Dr Rebecca Goldstein.