Risks of Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Excess weight gain during pregnancy should be avoided for the health of the mother and baby both during the pregnancy and afterwards.
Risks to You of Excess Weight Gain During Pregnancy
- Pre-eclampsia – a condition causing high blood pressure that puts the mother and baby at risk during pregnancy
- Gestational diabetes
- Caesarean delivery
- Failure to start, and early end to breastfeeding and / or
- Greater difficulty losing weight after childbirth. This can increase the risk of becoming overweight or obese after pregnancy, or increase pre-pregnancy overweight
Risks to Your Baby of Excess Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy
- Born smaller or larger than normal
- Abnormally high red blood cell concentration increasing the risk for clots
- Having difficulty breathing or needing assisted respiration at birth
- Abnormally low blood sugar levels at birth and / or
- Increased risk of obesity and other chronic diseases (Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease) later in life (see ‘foetal programming’ (external link).
- Eating a healthy diet and keeping active will help you to maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. See the nutrition and physical activity sections.
- Weight gain in pregnancy can be affected by factors other than diet and activity, including some medical conditions, medications and fluid retention. If you are concerned, see your doctor.
- If you are overweight or obese, the King Edward Memorial Hospital’s BLOOM programme (external link) provides useful information and guidance about how to keep healthy during your pregnancy.
Ngala Books & DVDs
- Secrets of Good Eaters Book
- Building Brains for Young Children 0-3 Years DVD
- Conversations About Sleep 0-3 Years DVD
For families of babies and
young children who reside or work in W.A.,
if you need further assistance contact the Ngala Helpline
Telephone 9368 9368 or Country Access 1800 111 546
8am to 8pm 7 days a week or
When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.