The rise in the proportion of fertile women with an unfavorable weight creates new public health challenges. High maternal weight and excessive gestational weight gain may influence the offspringâs future risk of being overweight and developing diet-related chronic diseases. Some ethnic minority groups have been found to be disproportionally affected by being overweight and diet-related diseases, like Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). Overweight and diet-related chronic diseases are largely preventable through a healthy diet, physical activity and weight management. Pregnant women may be easy to reach with nutritionrelated information. The repeated sessions of routine antenatal care may offer a unique opportunity to promote of a healthy diet. However, studies indicate that pregnant women may change their attitudes toward healthy eating only temporarily and that they return to prepregnancy patterns after giving birth.
Attitudes and Motivations for Healthy Eating Among Pregnant Women of Different Ethnic Backgrounds Following Antenatal Care in Oslo, Norway
Last date updated on July, 2014