Pregnancy is a time to nourishyourself and your growing baby—butresearch shows that gaining too muchweight can be unhealthy for both ofyou.
The Promoting AppropriateMaternal Body Weight in Pregnancyand Postpartum through HealthyDietary Intake study will look athow women in Alberta eat during
Study looks at
Researchers strive to find ways to support
providers can support healthy eatingand appropriate weight gain.
The study will receive up to
$2.5 million from the AlbertaInnovates – Health Solutions’Collaborative Research and InnovativeOpportunities program grant.
Leading the study are Rhonda Bell,professor of human nutrition at theUniversity 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, andPaula Robson, adjunct professor at theU of A and a research scientist withAlberta 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