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Advice on maternal obesity 'lacking'

Parenting advice - Netmums

A recent piece of research has found that there is a lack of advice for new mothers who are concerned with weight issues.

Conducted by the Royal College of Midwives and Netmums, the survey found that 59 per cent of mothers felt that they were under pressure to lose weight quickly after pregnancy due to celebrity culture.

However, 61 per cent found that their midwife did not have enough time to discuss their concerns about nutrition and weight management.

Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the midwives association, commented: "There is a real need to address the issue of obesity, and this survey shows this is particularly important for women.

"The growing volume of evidence shows that the health of an obese mother is further compromised by the pregnancy and also has an impact on the health of her unborn baby."

Almost half of the women surveyed admitted to worrying about their weight and their body shape during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and childbirth news : 16 November 2010