Pregnancy is a time to nourish
yourself and your growing baby—but
research shows that gaining too much
weight can be unhealthy for both of
The Promoting Appropriate
Maternal Body Weight in Pregnancy
and Postpartum through Healthy
Dietary Intake study will look at
how women in Alberta eat during
Study looks at
Researchers strive to find ways to support
providers can support healthy eating
and appropriate weight gain.
The study will receive up to
$2.5 million from the Alberta
Innovates – Health Solutions’
Collaborative Research and Innovative
Opportunities program grant.
Leading the study are Rhonda Bell,
professor of human nutrition at the
University of Alberta, Linda McCargar,
a registered dietitian and professor
Healthy weight gain in pregnancy helps moms and babies avoid a
variety of health risks.
of human nutrition at the U of A, and
Paula Robson, adjunct professor at the
U of A and a research scientist with
Alberta Health Services.
“Pregnancy is a significant risk
factor for extra weight gain,” Bell says.
“Women can gain too much weight
during pregnancy and keep that
weight after the baby is born.”
About half of all pregnant women in
the country gain more weight than is