Pregnancy Services (Weight Management)
In collaboration with local midwives and other maternal health professionals, this service aims to combat potential health risks to mother and baby through education and support around healthy eating, physical activity and weight management.
Pregnant women who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above should be referred by their midwife, assuming they are happy to be referred.
This referral can be made at any stage the pregnancy, but ideally following their first booking appointment.
General support and education is open to all women regardless of their BMI.
This service offers:
- Phone/text based initial contact and subsequent regular contact.
- Information on the importance of healthy eating in pregnancy.
- Eating well on a budget and healthy eating tips for all the family.
- The importance of being active during pregnancy, including safe exercising.
- Weight management during pregnancy.
- Promotion of Healthy Start Scheme and breastfeeding.
- Discussion of local support, community groups and classes.
- Provision of useful resources, tools and action plans.
- Signposting to other relevant health promotion support (ie Stop Smoking)
- Support beyond pregnancy.