Pregnant women 'get inadequate weight management advice'

Women do not get sufficient advice on weight management when they are pregnant, a new survey has revealed.

Some 63 per cent of 6,226 UK women said obesity issues were not discussed at their first ante-natal appointment.

Six in ten said they felt under pressure to lose weight quickly after giving birth, according to the survey by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the website Netmums.

Women who are obese during pregnancy have a higher risk of developing conditions such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Pre-eclampsia in its mildest form affects around ten per cent of first-time pregnancies. Around one to two per cent of all gestations are affected by severe symptoms of the condition.

The majority of those surveyed - more than eight in ten - said the general advice they were given by midwives on weight management was not good.

Sally Russell, a co-founder of Netmums.com, said: "The results from this survey are a wake-up call to midwives to support women better throughout their pregnancy and inform them of their options."

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