President of RCOG discusses important pregnancy issues on Woman’s Hour

We were pleased to hear Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) discussing maternal mental health and the dangers of obesity in pregnancy on Woman’s Hour.

Pregnancy news 12/01/17

The new president on the RCOG Professor Lesley Regan, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour about pressing pregnancy issues. Regan spoke out about the need to tackle obesity in pregnancy and explained why she sees it as such a key problem:

‘We know that women who are very overweight in pregnancy have many more complications than women of normal weight. And most importantly the child that they deliver inherits all of those problems.

It’s the start of a trans-generational disorder. I believe that we’ve got a lot to do to try and encourage women to be at their fittest and their best when they’re embarking on pregnancy because it has such widespread ramifications.’

Regan also highlighted the need for improvements in maternal mental health care and mentioned the shocking statistic that suicide is tragically one of the biggest causes of maternal death in the UK:

‘Tragically suicide is one of the largest causes of maternal death in this country. The most recent report on UK maternal death statistics showed that almost all of the women who took their own lives were known to mental health services. I really feel that we’ve let them down, because we knew about them but we weren’t doing enough to help, this needs to change.’

It’s encouraging to hear that Professor Lesley Regan’s plans to improve maternal health services that focus on mental wellbeing and weight management.

Our midwife Kate explains why:

‘Mental wellbeing and weight management can have huge implications in pregnancy for both mum and baby, as well as for future generations. Pregnancy is a time when women often feel at their most vulnerable. Robust support services are essential so that women and their partners have access to effective and personalised care that can make a real difference to the whole family.’

Find out more about mental wellbeing in pregnancy and how to get help here

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