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Date: September 2007
Journal: Nursing Standard
Issue: Volume 22, Number 3
Keywords: Antenatal education, Low birth weight, Low maternal weight, Spontaneous abortion
A healthy body weight on conception and adequate weight gain during pregnancy are important to ensure that mother and baby remain well. A low maternal weight and poor pregnancy weight gain can have detrimental implications for the mother and baby. Women need to be provided with clear, consistent information about how much weight they should gain during pregnancy and the adverse effects of a low pre-pregnancy body weight and insufficient weight gain during pregnancy.
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