A study which investigates the impact of diet and exercise on obese pregnant mums and their babies has been given £1 million.
The Cardiff University and NHS research is going to start in January and involves 500 plus overweight pregnant women.
The researchers are going to work with midwives and Slimming World consultants to inspire women to moderate their weight gain whilst pregnant and lose weight post natally.
The Healthy Eating and Lifestyle in Pregnancy (Help) study is going to ascertain whether such encouragement has had a positive impact on the mother and child.
Pregnancy is such a critical stage in a woman's and baby's life; a healthy diet and some degree of physical activity remain essential.
This study is a great way of working, an initiation between the NHS and a commercial organisation, to deliver a process ought to help women to manage weight.
Studies suggest that weight gain during pregnancy is around 6.5kg or a stone and is appropriate for women with a BMI of 30 or more.
Approximately 1 out of 5 pregnant women is obese .
Obesity is related to a higher risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth; in some cases this can lead to pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, induction of labour and even a Caesarean section.
Being overweight or obese is also a factor in more than 50 per cent of the UK’s maternal deaths between 2003 and 2005
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