The reproductive years, including before, during and after pregnancy, bring many additional challenges for women with obesity in maintaining a healthy weight beyond eating well and being physically active. It is important for women with obesity to seek advice and support from their healthcare providers on strategies to optimize their own health outcomes, as well as those of their children, over both the short and long-term.
The strategies described in this chapter include:
- Entering pregnancy at a lower BMI;
- Targeting weight gain during the entire pregnancy to 5 kg– 9 kg; and
- Returning to at least the pre-pregnancy BMI in the year after delivery.