Pregnancy & obesity: civil society organisations

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists works to improve health care for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s health care worldwide. 

Policy extract: While the majority of the recommendations within this guideline pertain to women with a BMI ≥30, some recommendations are specific to women in the higher classes of obesity only. Obese women with a BMI below the threshold specified may also benefit from the particular recommendation; however, the chosen BMI cut-offs reflect careful consideration given to the balance of medical intervention versus risk, differences in local prevalence of maternal obesity, and resource implications for local healthcare organisations. Local maternity services may also wish to implement these standards for all women with maternal obesity after consideration of these issues.The recommendations cover interventions prior to conception, during and after pregnancy. See more.

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGC) of Canada is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organisations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education. The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health. As of January 1, 2018, the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) was officially integrated with the SOGC, strengthening and unifying the voices of both organisations in their common goal to improve women’s health in Canada through research and education.

Policy extract: The objective is to review the evidence and provide recommendations for the counselling and management of obese parturient. See more

British Nutrition Foundation

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is a registered charity with a broad funding base comprising both commercial and non-commercial sources. Our core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all and we do this through the interpretation, translation and communication of often complex scientific information.

Policy extract: This briefing paper will outline the physiological changes that take place during pregnancy and the influence of maternal diet and nutritional status on fetal outcome. The current UK dietary recommendations for women both prior to and during pregnancy will be discussed in detail, together with their evidence basis. Food safety issues are also covered, as well as diet-related conditions during pregnancy, such as anaemia and gestational diabetes. Issues relating to specific groups, including vegetarians and teenagers, are discussed in the final section. See more