How effective is self-weighing in the setting of a lifestyle intervention to reduce gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention?

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Self-weighing is important for weight management in general populations; however its role in optimising gestational weight gain is less clear. Our randomised trial in early pregnancy found regular self-weighing when combined with a self-management intervention, optimised weight gain at 28 weeks gestation (5.66 ? 2.6 kg vs 7.03 ? 3.56 kg, P = 0.02) and reduced postpartum weight retention (-0.57 ? 3.94 kg vs 1.48 ? 5.49 kg, P <0.05) compared with control participants. Results highlight the importance of self-monitoring strategies during pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382 - 385
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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