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Discussing weight during pregnancy booklet

Supporting women to manage their weight during pregnancy can have huge benefits for both mother and baby, but discussing a woman’s weight can sometimes be difficult. The Discussing weight during pregnancy booklet, created through the partnership between Slimming World and the RCM, is designed to help you discuss a woman’s weight and possible weight-related risks during her pregnancy. It contains a chart which can be used to show pregnant women what their weight at booking means in terms of weight-related risks during pregnancy. The wording next to the chart has been carefully written to provide pointers for discussion and is specifically designed to help you discuss the issues with tact and sensitivity in a non-judgemental way. We hope this is useful to your clinical practice. Printed copies of the resource can be requested at public.health@slimming-world.com.
Following feedback from some midwives working with women whose BMI lies outside the existing chart, we have created an extended version of the chart. 

Alliance Update

For an update on Slimming World’s pregnancy policy, available resources for midwives, a new maternal NICE quality standard and research developments, read the latest Slimming World and RCM newsletter.

To download a copy, please click here


The Slimming World and RCM website

Slimming World and the RCM have created a website together to help women successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives. The website contains helpful advice for mothers who are trying for a baby, are already pregnant or you have a new baby. The website contains information about eating well, staying active, living a healthier lifestyle and managing weight. can bring many benefits. To access the website, log on to www.slimmingworld.co.uk/rcm/  

Slimming World cards for mothers

Midwives can order Slimming World cards to give to mothers who are interested in finding out more about Slimming World.

To order the cards, complete your details here.
The weight management organisation, with more than 13,000 UK groups meeting weekly, is working in partnership with the RCM to raise awareness in supporting pregnant women and breastfeeding mums in managing their weight.
Slimming World is the only national weight management organisation that supports pregnant and breastfeeding women and, with the consent and ongoing recommendation of their midwife or GP, actively works with women to address weight issues.
“We don’t encourage weight loss or ‘dieting’ during pregnancy – instead we support women to adopt a balanced, healthy diet to prevent excess weight gain; we also help mums to manage their weight healthily following the birth of their child, while breast-feeding,” said Caryl Richards, Slimming World’s managing director “Joining the RCM Alliance is a tremendous opportunity to ensure pregnant women get the right information and advice, during and after pregnancy and that midwives continue to be supported in the outstanding work they do.”
For more information visit www.slimmingworld.com/health

New i-learn module, Obesity – supporting women

Slimming World has worked with the RCM to develop an online course to help midwives and midwifery support workers to support pregnant women with weight management. The module, which takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, includes information, practical tips and audio examples to enhance the learning experience. RCM members can click here to access the course.

Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle

Slimming World is delighted to support the RCM’s Caring for You Campaign by developing resources on healthy eating and staying active. To download some top tips to healthy eating, including a curry recipe, click here.

For ideas about healthy food to take to work, see Slimming World’s new article on ‘preparing healthy food for work’

Better Births Webinar: Maternal Obesity - Supporting women to change

A recording of the webinar is now available. The webinar discusses the scale, costs and risks of maternal obesity and describes opportunities for midwives to support women to manage their weight without harming their relationship with the mum-to-be.  The session is presented by Jennifer Percival, Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, counsellor and author who works as a national behaviour change trainer and hosted by Rupa Chilvers, RCM Better Births Advisor. It provides information about how to assess women's readiness to change, help women to take realistic first steps and how to increase their confidence in maintaining changes long-term.
Click here to view the presentation.