Is there anything to worry about if a woman is not putting on weight during pregnancy?
There can never be any justification to encourage or ignore total lack of weight
gain or sustained weight loss in pregnancy. The body physiology in pregnancy is geared
towards weight gain and reversal of this has to be investigated.
Sometimes the explanation is obvious, as in excessive vomiting. In the absence of
such an explanation, dietary habits should be looked it. It normally boils down to
Sustained lack of weight gain risks leading to intrauterine fetal growth restriction,
with all the consequent potential problems.
Dietary restriction is rumoured to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia. Could this be
There is no truth whatsoever in this.
Last update: September 15, 2013
Trying to conceive and pregnancy at either extreme of weight can be quite problematic