Friday, 19 Oct 2018

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Pregnancy weight gain 'going unmeasured'

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Health Desk--19 Sep’18: One in five women in the UK are obese when they start pregnancy, yet there is no national target for what constitutes normal pregnancy weight gain.

Regular weigh-ins fell out of favour in the 1990s when it was suggested that they cause pregnant women unnecessary anxiety for little or no clinical gain.

Officials say they are considering whether to reintroduce them.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is reviewing its weight advice for pregnancy.

Its current guidelines say weight and height should be measured at the first appointment, but not repeatedly during pregnancy as a matter of routine.

 

Courtesy: BBC Health