Pregnancy is a critical period for the development of obesity in women, which can lead to preventable conditions such as gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and complications with delivery. Weight gained during pregnancy which is not lost afterwards could lead to women becoming obese or starting following pregnancies in an unhealthy weight state. Despite calls for weight management to be part of routine antenatal care, there is little evidence on how best to achieve this.
The POPS2 trial is looking at whether regular weighing and feedback by community midwives can prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy.
The researchers aim to develop an evidence base to offer this intervention to every pregnant woman at every contact by a community midwife in primary care, without making antenatal appointments significantly longer.