Specialist weight help for pregnant women

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Specialist midwives will be working with pregnant women in Boston to help them shed pounds and avoid health problems.

‘Bumps and Beyond’ is a service that gives help and advice to women with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of higher than 35.

It launched at Lincoln County Hospital last April and will now expand to cover mums using the Pilgrim Hospital.

In Lincoln it has helped more than 450 women and aims to avoid excessive weight gain in pregnancy while lowering the risk of complications such as raised blood pressure, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and the chances of having a caesarean section.

The service is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and involves one-to-one appointments before and after the birth.

Ailsa Millen, healthy lifestyles midwife for LCHS, said: “Bumps and Beyond covers a range of different topics which contribute to a healthier lifestyle including basic nutrition, portion size, tips for healthy shopping, learning to read food labels and ideas for meals and snacks.

“While a healthier lifestyle promotes weight management, this is not a weight loss programme and we do not recommend dieting in pregnancy.

“The service has been very well received in Lincoln, with 87 per cent of the women we have seen achieving the optimal weight gain or less.

“We already have a number of women undertaking the programme in Boston and we hope to continue our success.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the programme should contact Bumps and Beyond service on 01522 574173.

Anyone with a BMI figure above 30 is said to be obese.