Low maternal weight: effects on maternal and infant health during pregnancy
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Low maternal weight: effects on maternal and infant health during pregnancy

Emma Derbyshire Lecturer in human nutrition, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

A healthy body weight on conception and adequate weight gain during pregnancy are important to ensure that mother and baby remain well. A low maternal weight and poor pregnancy weight gain can have detrimental implications for the mother and baby. Women need to be provided with clear, consistent information about how much weight they should gain during pregnancy and the adverse effects of a low pre-pregnancy body weight and insufficient weight gain during pregnancy.

Correspondence e.derbyshire@mmu.ac.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 3,43-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.09.22.3.43.c4636

Published in print: 26 September 2007

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