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Healthy lifestyle for mothers


Weight reduction should be encouraged in the pre-conception period to reduce pregnancy complications. Here are the guidelines.

During pregnancy

Health professionals should provide pregnant women with information on diet and physical activity to encourage and support healthy gestational weight gain.

While breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can help mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight and can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for those who had gestational diabetes.

Medications and substance use while breastfeeding

Information about the safety of continuing to breastfeed when taking medications.

Work and breastfeeding

Continuing to breastfeed after returning to work has benefits for mother, baby, and employers.

Last updated: 12 July 2016