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Weight management during teenage pregnancy: Issues to consider when developing appropriate support

Olander, E. K. ORCID: 0000-0001-7792-9895, Lucas, G. & Salmon, D. (2018). Weight management during teenage pregnancy: Issues to consider when developing appropriate support. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(12), pp. 770-774. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2018.26.12.770


Teenage pregnancy is more prevalent in areas of high obesity, compared to areas where obesity levels are low. Risks associated with maternal obesity in pregnant teenagers include pre-eclampsia and caesarean delivery. To reduce these risks, pregnant teenagers need to be supported to gain a healthy weight in pregnancy. This includes encouraging these women to eat healthily through providing appropriate information including online or smartphone apps in conjunction with face-to-face support. These young women also need encouragement to be physically active. This support must be tailored to the teenage population considering their specific barriers and facilitators to behaviour change. Midwives with the aid of a multidisciplinary team play a key role in encouraging these healthy behaviours.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Publisher Keywords: teenage pregnancy, obesity, gestational weight gain, physical activity, diet
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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