4 tips for managing your weight in pregnancy

There is plenty of support available to help you manage your weight during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

Pregnant woman going for a walk.

Have a look through the other pages in this section for more ideas and tips about managing your weight during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. There's also lots of information and advice in the sections about being active in pregnancy and eating a healthy diet in pregnancy.

1. Get support from your midwife

If you're worried about your weight, it's a good idea to talk first to your doctor or midwife. They will be able to talk with you about your health and that of your baby, and they will keep an eye on any potential weight-related problems.

Your doctor or midwife can give you advice about the amount of exercise you should do and can also help with any concerns about your pregnancy diet. If you are overweight or underweight, they may be able to offer support and refer you to a specialist dietitian.

2. Get support from family and friends

Having the support of your partner, friends and family can help you stay healthy in pregnancy. Many people don't know that being active in pregnancy is safe and important for you and your baby. They may tell you to ‘take it easy’ and ‘put your feet up’. You can explain that staying healthy and active helps the baby and ask them to support you in doing the best for yourself and your baby.

You can also get family and friends to support you by keeping unhealthy foods, such as crisps, biscuits and chocolate, out of sight. For example, it would help you avoid temptation if biscuits were not offered with every cup of tea.

Your family may be used to you having these kinds of snacks in the house but it will be much easier for you to stick to healthy eating if they are not there in the first place.

3. Exercise with other people

Ask your partner, family or friends to do some activities with you or build it in to family time. You’ll have more fun.

  • Walk the children to school or take them to the park.
  • Go swimming at the local pool - some pools have family fun sessions or you can go with your partner when it's quieter and swim lengths.
  • Go on a shopping trip with your friends that involves some brisk walking.
  • Go for a walk together after a family meal.
  • Play ball games with the kids in the garden or at your local park or beach.
  • Organise a night out dancing for a great way to be active and have fun.

4. Get Healthy Start vouchers

Depending on your age and if you're getting certain benefits or tax credits, you may qualify for Healthy Start, which is a government scheme that gives vouchers for healthy food to pregnant women who qualify.

Read about making a weight management plan here

Find out more about Healthy Start, how to find out whether you qualify and how to apply

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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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