Healthcare Professional Training Regarding Gestational Weight Gain: Recommendations and Future Directions

Ellinor K. Olander, Briony Hill, Helen Skouteris

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Purpose of review: The aim of this review was to summarise recent evaluations of healthcare professional training regarding gestational weight gain and provide recommendations for future training. Recent findings: A number of evaluated healthcare professional training sessions regarding gestational weight gain show promising results in terms of increased participant confidence and knowledge and impact on women’s outcomes. It is clear that the interventions which have also implemented resources in the practice environment to support training are the ones most likely to influence gestational weight gain. Summary: Support from healthcare professionals are key to influence pregnant women’s weight gain and should be offered within the standard curriculum and through mandatory training. Factors influencing this support include women’s and healthcare professional characteristics, interpersonal and healthcare system and policy factors. All of these need to be considered when developing healthcare professional training to support women with their gestational weight gain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116–124
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Obesity Reports
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Education
  • Midwife
  • Obstetrician
  • Pregnancy
  • Training
  • Weight gain

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