Healthy Weight in Pregnancy Programme

The Healthy Weight in Pregnancy programme offers one to one, individual support to pregnant women, who are above a healthy weight, by offering support and education around healthy eating, physical activity and weight management.

Referral Criteria:

The referred adult MUST:

  • Have a BMI of ≥30.
  • Give their consent for referral to Cornwall Healthy Weight
  • Be motivated and ready to change
  • Be committed and ready to make healthier lifestyle choices


This programme aims to reduce potential health risks to mother and baby through education and support around healthy eating, physical activity and weight management. The programme, which works closely with local midwives, is underpinned by both the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG). The content of these sessions include:

  • The importance of healthy eating in pregnancy: a balanced, nutritious and safe diet
  • Eating well on a budget and healthy eating tips for all the family
  • The importance of being active during pregnancy
  • Weight management during pregnancy
  • Promotion of Healthy Start Scheme and breastfeeding
  • Discussion of local support, community groups and classes
  • Provision of useful resources, tools and action-plans
  • Individualised support and guidance throughout pregnancy
  • Sign-posting to other relevant health promotion support if desired (e.g. smoking cessation)

Whilst focusing on women during their pregnancy, the service also commits to supporting the whole family to make positive health behaviour changes. Furthermore, guidance and advice continues to be available after birth with the aim of supporting new parents (eg weight management options for new mums, nutrition whilst breastfeeding, weaning).

Support and guidance is for all women and their families. Information provided on the Cornwall Healthy Weight website and educational resources are not exclusive to pregnant women, but also women planning to conceive and new parents. 


  • Pregnant women who have a BMI of ≥30 must be referred by their midwife. This referral can be made at any stage during the pregnancy but ideally following their first booking appointment
  • General support and education is open to all women regardless of their BMI


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