The Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy: Evaluation of a Regional WeightManagement Programme for Obese Pregnant Women

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AbstractBackground: Maternal obesity is associated with significant health risks and costs. Identifying effectiveinterventions for treatment and management of obese women in pregnancy is required to reduce these risks. Theaim of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of the ‘Weigh to a Healthy Pregnancy Programme’ (WTHP),designed to help limit gestational weight gain (GWG) in women with a body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2 throughhealthy lifestyle changes. Pregnant women in Northern Ireland with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 40 kg/m2 wererecruited to participate in this programme between April 2013-April 2014. Women received a structured supportprogramme including tailored advice and group sessions during pregnancy. Both quantitative and qualitative datawere collected at 9 time points during pregnancy and in early postnatal period.Results: Of 381 women invited to participate 306 (80%) agreed to take part of which 217 (71%) completed theprogramme. Women were approximately 118 kgs at recruitment (average 10.7 weeks gestation). Overall, womengained an average of 4.65 kgs from their booking appointment (
Original languageEnglish
Article numberVolume 8, Issue 7
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBiology and Medicine
Issue number7
Early online date27 Oct 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Oct 2016



  • Pregnant women
  • Obesity
  • Weight gain
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • programme

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