Dr Patricia Iozzo (Institute of Clinical Physiology) has been leading a European obesity study and has said:
“Preventing obesity in pregnancy, preventing excess weight gain during pregnancy, and also maintaining healthy diet without too much fat, can all have short and long term effects on the health of the mother and her child.
Attention should be devoted to the prevention of overweight and obesity among young girls, representing ‘tomorrow’s mothers.”
Louise Silverton, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, also commented stating that it is important for women to be at an optimum weight whilst trying to conceive.
“After birth, women need support to develop healthy patterns of eating and exercise for themselves and their family.
For women who are overweight or obese they need support and signposting to access weight-loss services to ensure that they are an ideal weight before they embark on their next pregnancy.”Tags: eating for two, obesity in pregnancy, pregnancy nutrition