PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM

During pregnancy and postpartum women are highly engaged with the healthcare system. This provides an opportunity for the promotion of positive physical and mental health outcomes, however, it can also prove challenging for some women. Read on for some recommendations on how to navigate this complex period.

OPT OUT OF BEING WEIGHED

In some hospitals, and in some states, being weighed is a routine part of care - at intake, and at other time points in your pregnancy.

Being weighed, particularly in situations where weight gain is occurring, may cause distress. We encourage you to opt out of this practice, or request to be 'blind weighed' - weighed without knowing the number on the scales.

Why? 

  • It can cause undue stress and anxiety 

  • It can become a point of fixation for people, particularly those with a history of an eating disorder and/or poor body image

  • Weighing and talking about weight negatively perpetuates weight stigma

  • Weight isn't indicative of health - there is health at every size (see: HAES for more information) 

You are allowed to have a say in what happens with your body, and this is important. As we advocate for removing routine weight checks among health professionals, we urge you to advocate for your own needs until this becomes commonplace in pregnancy care.

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BODY CONFIDENT PRACTICE GUIDELINES IN PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM

Pregnancy and postpartum are times of great body, identity, and body image change for women, and body shame often arises through conversations about pregnancy related growth and heath behaviours.


We empower those who work with pregnant and postpartum women to discuss weight and bodies in a more holistic way and promote body appreciation across multiple settings. 

Share this resource with your treating professionals to help them help you.

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